Dating alvarez banjos

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The Japanese Iidas were some really well-made instruments and those along with Alvarez, Ibanez, etc.

Though the intonation is more exact when using a spike at this position, traditionalists enjoy the bone nut on their pre-war banjos and we do use this method on our Golden Era series banjos.The neck blank of a Goodtime banjo is 3 pieces of maple glued together to form the same configuration.) We can think of the neck as falling into three 3 sections. The front of the peghead has a PEGHEAD OVERLAY which can be made of ebony, or some other material. This is called “the nut”…and I mentioned it in our last article on .THE PEGHEAD (Also commonly known as the head stock of the banjo.) The very top, where the banjo tuners are located, is called the “peghead”….because banjos tuners/tuning machines are sometimes called “tuning pegs” and it’s at the “anatomical” top of the neck…hence “head.” The back of the peghead is one with the neck “blank” and as such consistent with the tonal wood that the banjo is going to be made of. The angle of the nut slot is quite critical and any binding in this slot can oftentimes be taken care of by putting some #2 pencil lead in the slot and moving the string back and forth to lubricate the area.They actually have a very gentle bow (or Mona Lisa smile as I like to call it).This allows you to play without having buzzing occur when you fret the strings. There is one at the fifth string tuning peg position to hold the string in place and you can have more of them for alternate tunings as well; usually at 7,9,10 for A, B, and C tuning.

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This gives the neck stability and also allows the player to adjust the “relief” of the neck.