Search Results for: banjo20nut

Sort by 
Filter Change Product Layout
Setting up a banjo's 5th string: nut, capos and peg Trade Secrets! Issue 53 January 24, 2008
Setting up a banjo's 5th string: nut, capos and peg
Todd Sams shows how he sets up a banjo 5th string using railroad spikes, a block of wood, and a camless clamp.
Safe Slot Nut Guard Instructions Product Instructions I-1795
Safe Slot Nut Guard Instructions
Banjo Building Instructions Product Instructions A-BANJOBUILDING
Banjo Building Instructions
Comprehensive, downloadable instructions for building an open-back banjo.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Nut and Saddle Vise
Online video available
Video
Nut and Saddle Vise
A StewMac exclusive. You'll appreciate the specially-shaped jaws.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Nut Slotting Gauge
Online video available
Video
Nut Slotting Gauge
Dan Erlewine uses the Nut Slotting Gauge: the most accurate measure of nut slot depth.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to install a skin banjo head
Online video available
Trade Secrets! Issue 286 June 01, 2017
How to install a skin banjo head
How to install a skin banjo head: Dan Erlewine shows his friend Lauren how to remove and replace a natural skin head on this old banjo-uke, or banjolele.
Single Rim Rod Set for Banjo Product Instructions I-0271
Single Rim Rod Set for Banjo
Installation and adjustment instructions for a Single Rim Rod Set for Banjo.
Dual Rim Rod Set for Banjo Product Instructions I-0280
Dual Rim Rod Set for Banjo
Installation and adjustment instructions for a Dual Rim Rod Set for Banjo.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Banjo setup tips
Online video available
Trade Secrets! Issue 214 April 10, 2014
Banjo setup tips
How do you set the tension on a banjo head? If you're more familiar with guitars than banjos, Dan Erlewine has a few quick tips for you.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Gauged Nut Slotting Files
Online video available
Video
Gauged Nut Slotting Files
It just makes sense to cut the string slots to match the string gauges! With this set of gauged files, your work is fast and accurate too.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Safe Slot Guitar Nut Guard
Online video available
Video
Safe Slot Guitar Nut Guard
Stop your string slot file before it cuts too deep and the nut is ruined! StewMac's Dan Erlewine and Don MacRostie, the inventor of the tool, show how it works.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Nut and Saddle Sander Video
Online video available
Video
Nut and Saddle Sander Video
For solid contact and good tone, the bottom of a nut or saddle must be squared up. This “vise on wheels” is the fastest, surest way to do this.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Essential Nut Making Tool Kit
Online video available
Video
Essential Nut Making Tool Kit
Dan Erlewine shows what's in the kit and what each tool is for.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, The ZerO Glide Replacement Nut System
Online video available
Video
The ZerO Glide Replacement Nut System
Improve your instrument's playability and sound with a ZerO Glide replacement nut. Your open strings will have a stronger, more resonant tone and you'll notice improved tuning stability.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Shaping a nut to fit a Fender radiused slot
Online video available
Trade Secrets! Issue 267 July 28, 2016
Shaping a nut to fit a Fender radiused slot
Most Fender nuts have a curve on the bottom, so shaping them for a perfect fit is tricky. It can be the toughest part of making a new nut. Erick Coleman shows you some troubles to avoid, and a neat trick for good results.
The best nut-making material: Bone for Tone! Trade Secrets! Issue 42 August 23, 2007
The best nut-making material: Bone for Tone!
Customers ask, "What material makes the best string nut?" Erick Coleman's says it's Bone for Tone.
Schatten Banjo Pickup Installation Instructions Product Instructions I-3919
Schatten Banjo Pickup Installation Instructions
Installation and general operation.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, EMG ACB Banjo Pickup System featuring Tim Weed
Online video available
Video
EMG ACB Banjo Pickup System featuring Tim Weed
Tim Weed stops by EMG Studios to discuss the new ACB Banjo Pickup System.
How to install a skin banjo head Product Instructions I-0522
How to install a skin banjo head
Dan Levenson explains how to install an unmounted, skin banjo head.
Making a Nut, Step-by-Step Product Instructions A-NUTS
Making a Nut, Step-by-Step
Dan Erlewine, of Stewart-MacDonald's R&D Team, walks you through making and installing a new nut.
Nut Making and Setup Product Instructions I-5350
Nut Making and Setup
How to replace a nut and setup your guitar, with setup specs from different players and factories.
Plastic nuts are high-speed and low-cost! Trade Secrets! Issue 35 June 21, 2007
Plastic nuts are high-speed and low-cost!
Dan Erlewine races the clock to show that plastic nut installations are quick and profitable!
How to make a string nut for the first time Trade Secrets! Issue 63 June 12, 2008
How to make a string nut for the first time
Why you might need a new nut: Cracked nut. Poor string spacing. Hollow plastic nut sapping tone. Nut slots are too low, causing fret buzz on open strings. If you're nervous about replacing the string nut you've got company, and this week Erick Coleman shows that making a nut is no big deal.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Two tips for filing string slots at the nut
Online video available
Trade Secrets! Issue 233 January 01, 2015
Two tips for filing string slots at the nut
High action and a badly shaped nut: That’s the situation with the nut on this old May Bell guitar. Dan Erlewine lowers the nut slots while also “back filing” the nut so the strings angle down properly to the tuners.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Nut and Saddle Sander demo by Roberto Fontanot
Online video available
Video
Nut and Saddle Sander demo by Roberto Fontanot
Roberto Fontanot, inventor of the Nut and Saddle Sander, demonstrates the Nut and Saddle Sander from his shop in Italy.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, StewMac Safe Slot for building perfect guitar nuts
Online video available
Video
StewMac Safe Slot for building perfect guitar nuts
Cutting string slots is delicate: if you cut one slot a little too low, you've blown the nut and have to start over. Elliot John-Conry shows us how using the Safe Slot can help you build a perfectly shaped nut for your guitar.
Five-Star Banjo Pickup Product Instructions I-3250
Five-Star Banjo Pickup
Installation instructions for the Five-Star Banjo Pickup.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Do-it-yourself banjo bridge lifter
Online video available
Trade Secrets! Issue 184 February 14, 2013
Do-it-yourself banjo bridge lifter
Dave Collins at Herb David Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan shows an easy-to-make tool for swapping banjo bridges.
Slotted Bone Nuts Sizing Sheet Product Instructions A-SLOTTEDBONENUTS
Slotted Bone Nuts Sizing Sheet
Find the right nut size for your guitar.
Zero Glide Nuts Sizing Sheet Product Instructions A-ZEROGLID
Zero Glide Nuts Sizing Sheet
Find the Zero Glide Nut that fits your instrument.
Nut Slotting Gauge Instructions Product Instructions I-2003
Nut Slotting Gauge Instructions
How to determine nut slot depth with the Nut Slotting Gauge.
Putting the new Nut Slotting Gauge to work on a "burn victim" guitar Trade Secrets! Issue 86 April 30, 2009
Putting the new Nut Slotting Gauge to work on a "burn victim" guitar
Dan Erlewine shows a before and after of a 1958 Gibson that's (barely) survived a house fire. It needs a new nut, and he's using the Nut Slotting Gauge to get it right the first time.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to fit a preshaped nut on a guitar
Online video available
Trade Secrets! Issue 178 November 22, 2012
How to fit a preshaped nut on a guitar
Tips for fitting a shaped and slotted nut. Dan Erlewine tries a preshaped nut in his own Fender Strat: it's so easy "it's almost like cheating!"
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Fix a broken nut with baking soda?
Online video available
Trade Secrets! Issue 197 August 15, 2013
Fix a broken nut with baking soda?
"Can a broken nut can be fixed with baking soda and super glue?" Lou, a singer here in Athens, Ohio, brought this question to Dan Erlewine (along with the broken nut on his Yamaha guitar). As it turns out, the answer is yes and no...
Stewart-MacDonald Super Glues Product Instructions I-5180
Stewart-MacDonald Super Glues
An explanation of the characteristics and applications of different instant adhesives.
Banjo 5th Peg Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-1691
Banjo 5th Peg Drill Jig Instructions
How to locate and drill a 5th peg mounting hole for banjo.
EMG ACB Banjo Pickup Installation Instructions Product Instructions I-3547
EMG ACB Banjo Pickup Installation Instructions
Installation and general operation.
Installing an old-time banjo dowel stick Trade Secrets! Issue 12 January 11, 2007
Installing an old-time banjo dowel stick
This week, Don MacRostie invents a new technique for an old technology: he shows how to accurately install a banjo dowel stick. Also, Bart Reiter sends a dowel-stick tip.
Using Feeler Gauges to Control Nut Slot Depth Product Instructions I-1811
Using Feeler Gauges to Control Nut Slot Depth
How to use feeler gauges to control nut slot depth.
Banjo Killer? The scoop on forward X bracing for greater guitar volume. Trade Secrets! Issue 51 December 27, 2007
Banjo Killer? The scoop on forward X bracing for greater guitar volume.
Todd Sams gives a simple and clear explanation of how to position dreadnought braces for the sound and volume of an early-30s Martin.
Bad news: a stripped truss rod nut. Good news: an easy solution. Trade Secrets! Issue 83 March 19, 2009
Bad news: a stripped truss rod nut. Good news: an easy solution.
Erick Coleman's using the Gripper truss rod wrench to solve a problem that's familiar to all of us.
Does this bone nut fit my guitar? Trade Secrets! Issue 164 May 10, 2012
Does this bone nut fit my guitar?
Erick Coleman answers a question that's come up a lot lately: how to find the right size replacement nut. He introduces a new Sizing Sheet that makes measuring easy for anybody.
How To Install the ZerO Glide Video
How To Install the ZerO Glide
How to install the ZerO Glide Nut in your instrument.
Inside Story on Instant Adhesives Product Instructions A-INSTANTADHESIVES
Inside Story on Instant Adhesives
Dan Erlewine explains the ins and outs of working with instant adhesives and "super" glues.
ColorTone Liquid Pigments for Waterbase Lacquer Product Instructions I-5360
ColorTone Liquid Pigments for Waterbase Lacquer
Directions for using ColorTone Liquid Pigments for Waterbase Lacquer.
Graph Tech Instructions Product Instructions I-GRAPHTECH
Graph Tech Instructions
Manufacturer's instructions for nut and saddle installation.
eBay mandolin: fret work and using JB Weld to rebuild a truss rod nut Trade Secrets! Issue 74 November 13, 2008
eBay mandolin: fret work and using JB Weld to rebuild a truss rod nut
Dan Erlewine's customer got a deal on eBay. Whether it was a good or a bad deal depends on how much it takes to make it playable. Dan fixes fret buzz and a warped neck, then rebuilds the truss rod nut using JB Weld repair epoxy.
Top Deflection Gauge Instructions Product Instructions I-5253
Top Deflection Gauge Instructions
How to use the Top Deflection Gauge for neck resetting and saddle routing, banjo head tensioning, and assessing and adjusting neck relief.
String Spacing Rule Instructions Product Instructions I-0673
String Spacing Rule Instructions
The String Spacing Rule locates string positions so that heavier strings get the wider spacing they need.
Using the String Spacing Rule for guitars and mandolins Trade Secrets! Issue 28 May 03, 2007
Using the String Spacing Rule for guitars and mandolins
Erick Coleman uses Kevin Ryan's proportional string spacing rule for more jobs than Kevin ever expected: 12-strings, mandolins, bridge saddles... Plus: an explanation of the difference between equal spacing and proportional spacing.
Using the Binding Router Bit and Bearings Product Instructions I-1298
Using the Binding Router Bit and Bearings
Tips for routing binding ledges using the Binding Router Bit and Bearings, including how to choose the correct bearing, hand routing and using router tables.
Waverly Planetary 5th Peg Product Instructions I-3452
Waverly Planetary 5th Peg
How to install a Waverly Planetary 5th String Peg.
Go-bar Clamping Deck Product Instructions I-4733
Go-bar Clamping Deck
Assembly instructions for the Go-bar Clamping Deck.
Don't be nervous about adjusting that truss rod! Trade Secrets! Issue 33 June 07, 2007
Don't be nervous about adjusting that truss rod!
Erick Coleman shows how quick and easy it is to evaluate a neck and adjust the truss rod.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Fixing fret buzz: raising the saddles
Online video available
Trade Secrets! Issue 221 July 17, 2014
Fixing fret buzz: raising the saddles
A P-Bass with fret buzz: Dan Erlewine fixes his brother’s bass, and answers the question, “To get rid of this fret buzz, should I adjust the saddles or the truss rod?”
StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal Product Instructions I-0551
StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal
My guitar's too vintage for club gigs, so I created a backup Trade Secrets! Issue 149 September 29, 2011
My guitar's too vintage for club gigs, so I created a backup
Erick Coleman's 1967 Melody Maker is getting too old and pricey for knockaround club gigs. With some simple mods to an affordable new Gibson, he's made himself a good backup guitar.
Mandolin Truss Rod Instructions Product Instructions I-0781
Mandolin Truss Rod Instructions
Instructions for the installation and adjustment of mandolin truss rods.
Polishing papers: flexible, reusable abrasives Trade Secrets! Issue 47 November 01, 2007
Polishing papers: flexible, reusable abrasives
Why has Erick Coleman been hiding small scraps of 3M Polishing Papers in his tool chest?
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, No-cost tools for shaping Martin guitar bridges
Online video available
Trade Secrets! Issue 187 March 28, 2013
No-cost tools for shaping Martin guitar bridges
Two do-it-yourself tools that I've been using for years to shape the bridges on Martins: I show you how to make one in a jiffy, and there's a free downloadable plan for the other one! -- Dan Erlewine
When dry air makes fret ends stick out, here's the fix Trade Secrets! Issue 122 September 16, 2010
When dry air makes fret ends stick out, here's the fix
Years of hot dry storage caused the fret ends stick out on the sides of this banjo neck. Mark Hyatt found that it's easy to file them back into line!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, The HeatStick: remove glued necks with no damaging steam
Online video available
Video
The HeatStick: remove glued necks with no damaging steam
The traditional way to release a glued neck joint is by piping steam from boiling water into the joint. That much water damages delicate finishes, and can loosen braces and neck blocks. That's why we've developed the HeatStick.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to fix a Gibson truss rod
Online video available
Video
How to fix a Gibson truss rod
This job used to be so hard that guitar necks got thrown away as "unfixable." Dan Erlewine shows that it's now pretty simple with StewMac Truss Rod Rescue Tools.
Spider-bridge Resonator Guitar Setup Product Instructions A-SPIDERSETUP
Spider-bridge Resonator Guitar Setup
A step-by-step for setting up a spider bridge resonator.
About Dan Erlewine's New Repair Videos Product Instructions A-DANERLEWINE
About Dan Erlewine's New Repair Videos
A brief introduction to Dan Erlewine and his new instructional repair videos.
Hot Rod Adjustable Truss Rods Product Instructions I-0975
Hot Rod Adjustable Truss Rods
Installation and adjustment instructions for Hot Rod Adjustable Truss Rod.
Basic Set-up Instructions Product Instructions I-3910
Basic Set-up Instructions
Erick Coleman walks you through basic set-up instructions to have your guitar playing great in no time.
Resonator Guitar Set-up Techniques Product Instructions I-4006
Resonator Guitar Set-up Techniques
An introduction to setting up a resonator guitar.
Guitar Neck Removal Product Instructions I-4737
Guitar Neck Removal
The Neck Removal Jig applies gradual, controlled pressure for safely steaming the neck out of a dovetail joint.
Blues Resomaster Assembly Product Instructions I-5290
Blues Resomaster Assembly
Downloadable assembly instructions for the Blues Resomaster.
Delta Resomaster Assembly Product Instructions I-5291
Delta Resomaster Assembly
Downloadable assembly instructions for the Delta Resomaster.
Erlewine Neck Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-5399
Erlewine Neck Jig Instructions
How to assemble and jig up a guitar.
Acoustic guitar pickups: installation problems to avoid Trade Secrets! Issue 7 December 07, 2006
Acoustic guitar pickups: installation problems to avoid
In this week's newsletter, bad sound from a good acoustic guitar pickup: the problem and the solution.
Tune-O-Matic setup: is the trouble with the bridge or the neck angle? Trade Secrets! Issue 93 August 06, 2009
Tune-O-Matic setup: is the trouble with the bridge or the neck angle?
Dan helps the local music store with a customer complaint about a Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge setup. Who's to blame here?
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Binding repair on a '55 Gretsch Roundup
Online video available
Trade Secrets! Issue 188 April 11, 2013
Binding repair on a '55 Gretsch Roundup
A truss rod fix leads to a binding repair: Dan Erlewine has to remove the fingerboard from this great old cowboy guitar, and some of the red side dots disappear. He shows two techniques for replacing them.