Is that all I'm supposed to do? This can change due to a number of factors. Set the tailpiece to where it has just enough tension to keep the bridge in place. Adjust the Tailpiece. Do I need to have it in place before I put the strings on, or can I adjust it after the strings are on? The presto tailpiece was, not surprisingly, pretty much barely attached except by the vertical screw that was quite loose. This sagging can make it hard to play as the strings will be dipping down as well. The mount is totally stable, so it will not move from side to side. This means that it is held on strictly by the string tension. Banjo heads will wear out of time. They make big differences in tone ...have fun and learn what you personally prefer., 'Trade Stelling Sunflower for Stelling Crusader'. With just a few turns of a wrench or some other simple adjustments, you can keep your banjo sounding and playing great. If you continue, we will assume that you agree to. It won't when you put the strings on. A banjo bridge is a type of bridge called a floating bridge. One of the first things to check when you notice either the tone of your banjo not sounding quite as good as it use to be or if you are getting some buzzing when you play certain frets is your banjo head tension. Then loosen the nut that is on the inside of the rim (on the coordinator rod) near the tailpiece. I recently took the strings off my banjo to clean it. Repeat this until the truss rod is all of the way tight. The tension from the strings will hold your tailpiece in place, but you need to get it centered to where the 1st string and the 5th string is the same distance from the edge of the neck. There … In the future I am considering changing out the rim and tone ring, but we'll see how this goes for a while. Turn it about a ¼ turn and then play your banjo and see if the action is where you want it. This Gibson Bow Tie Tailpiece does not have a tailpiece bracket.  Banjo Building, Setup, and Repair Sign up and receive playing tips, maintenance tips, event new, and product news right in your inbox! Banjo Maintenance Tips. you will love the new sound. Just...sort let it do what it wants to do? Banjo bridge adjustment 1. The life of your strings depends on how much you play, if you wipe them off after every time you play your banjo, and the humidity level. A tailpiece adjusted looser - farther away from the head will do the opposite. They are made up of a lot of screws and bolts that can loosen up over time. This can cause your banjo to lose its original tone that you loved. MTBanjo - Posted - 09/25/2012:  09:38:31. Some players such as Bela Fleck aim for this less bright tone and set their banjo head tension somewhere around an F#. I put them on with just enough tension to hold the bridge ( which you are putting back on now ) and tailpiece in place. Having your tailpiece adjusted properly on your banjo will give your its fullest, clearest tone. 400+ tunes bundles available, each with chord charts and various speeds. Just tighten the mounting nut 1/12 to 1/6 a turn each time until you're happy with the sound. I still don't understand how to adjust the thing. The good thing about coordinator rods is it gives you much more adjustability in your banjo’s action and makes this very easy. There are NO markings on this tailpiece. A high tailpiece will give you a sound filled with overtones and plenty of bass. The most common pitch people aim for is a G#. Presto tail pieces will break if you put too much tension on them. Tune the low D string It is fully adjustable. First you would try adjusting the action via the coordinator rods, but if you can’t get it all the way to where you want it via that route, you would then move on the the truss rod. For the money, GT's are pretty good banjos ,but their tailpieces are a POS. This will happen faster if you are playing with a flatpick like you would on a tenor banjo or six string banjo. Awaken the bridge in essential, its a lighter version of a Kershner. Joe the banjo guy - Posted - 09/27/2012:  13:18:04. Supercharge your practice! If you notice the feet of your banjo bridge indenting into your banjo head, then it is usually a good sign that you need to tighten your head. Basically, any and all advice on setting up the presto would be appreciated. If you want to bring the action of your banjo (the height of the strings from the frets) down, you would put a nail or allen wrench through the little hole on the coordinator rod that is closest to you and hold onto this so that the rod does not spin (or else you will either loosen the neck from the pot or strip the threads in the rod). Starting with the latter issue first, when your banjo head gets looser, the strings are naturally going to go down a bit as the bridge sags down more into the looser head. At some point you will start losing volume. Weekly newsletter includes free lessons, favorite member content, banjo news and more. Some people likes the tailpiece to sit on the tension hoop. This is a Genuine Gibson Banjo Tailpiece with all the Adjustments. Joe the banjo guy - Posted - 09/25/2012:  08:49:10. A new head can remedy this. As long as you make small adjustments, you really can't hurt anything and you can always move it back to the way it was.  Other Banjo-Related Topics My banjo is much more open now and much clankier, which I like. In this video Chad Kopotic focuses on setting up a Deering True Tone tailpiece. 5) Put the Presto on and adjust that bottom nut that goes into the flange so that when you pull up and lift on the tailpiece by hand its approximately the height it is in that picture posted. Adjust the Tailpiece. (Also, a good time to recheck your intonation - that's easy there are other threads on how to do that) Put resonator back on. Banjo tailpieces for banjos . The Deering True Toneé Tailpiece is designed to combine the best features of easy adjustment, ease of string changing, and enhance the tone of the banjo without humming. I must say, I cannot believe what a difference in tone that Presto tailpiece had on my Gold Tone Banjo. Adjusting The Fingers. It did not gain me much more low end, but then it has a maple neck and rim, I think.  ARCHIVED TOPIC: Presto tailpiece setup? How To Adjust Your Banjo Tailpiece Learn how to set up your banjo tailpiece with the Deering Quality Control Manager, Chad Kopotic. You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link:, Joe the banjo guy - Posted - 09/24/2012:  18:19:36. It cleared it up up the neck also, since my GT was always a bit dead up there. Take of the resonator if it has one. The constant hitting on the head with the pick can wear a hole into the head. 2) Remove the resonator. Try it out for yourself.