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String Slap

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Masciale Feb 7, 2018. 7 Replies

My banjo is strung with Nylgut Minstrels. When both open and noted, the wound 4th string is making a nasty, irritating slapping or popping sound like the string is smacking against the neck. Can't…Continue

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Dec 24, 2018
John Masciale replied to Andrew Jensen's discussion String Slap
"What is the configuration of the tuner on your thumb string?  I have had instances where I was getting some buzz when it was interfering with the string on that peg."
Feb 7, 2018
Chris Prieto replied to Andrew Jensen's discussion String Slap
"I feel like most of the fretless banjos I have do this to some extent with the wound string. Nothing too loud and crazy tho. In my case it's usually related to how the skin is interacting with the moisture/dryness in the air. Tighter skin…"
Feb 6, 2018
Strumelia replied to Andrew Jensen's discussion String Slap
"Did you retune it all again after moving the bridge down? Also, if the bridge or nut slots were made for steel strings, could be that the fat nylon strings are not seating well in their slots...leading to buzzing. Tell us more about this banjo... a…"
Feb 6, 2018
Andrew Jensen replied to Andrew Jensen's discussion String Slap
"It helps a little, but still there, and also makes my high string want to buzz"
Feb 6, 2018
Strumelia replied to Andrew Jensen's discussion String Slap
"What happens when you slide the bridge an inch and a half closer to the tailpiece, and then retune again? (lengthening the scale, thus tightening the string tension)"
Feb 6, 2018
Andrew Jensen replied to Andrew Jensen's discussion String Slap
"It's a fretless. Scale is 26.25 inches per builder recommendation, though ive tried moving the bridge around to no avail. I'm using a 3/4 minstrel bridge, a 1 inch bridge helps barely just a little, a roughly 1.25 inch (!!!) bridge stops…"
Feb 6, 2018
Strumelia replied to Andrew Jensen's discussion String Slap
"What is the scale length (from nut to bridge) of your banjo, and what note is your bass string tuned to?"
Feb 6, 2018
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String Slap

My banjo is strung with Nylgut Minstrels. When both open and noted, the wound 4th string is making a nasty, irritating slapping or popping sound like the string is smacking against the neck. Can't seem to figure out why. Any ideas?See More
Feb 6, 2018
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Jan 2, 2018

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Few years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Prust tackhead, Deering Goodtime, a homemade gourd banjo

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