So I have a 1926 Model M Vega and I'd like to lower the action. I took off the resonator off and had a look at how it "might" be done. But without knowing anything positively I'm not inclined to mess with it. I'm just a bit paranoid in tinkering with a vintage banjo that currently sounds great when I pretty much just play in the first position anyway.
Anyone familiar with this model of banjo and has thoughts on the subject I'd love to hear from.
Below the tail piece which in this case is visible at the bottom of the image.
So from what I understand, the shim would be placed where I've indicated in the image? The section near the top of the pot looks like if I added the shim there, it could start a split in the neck.
I was thinking layered strips of aluminum foil might work even better than a piece of sheet metal or a credit card. By the way, you can see how high the action is at the 17th fret in this pic. About 6 millimeters from the fret board to the top of the string. I'd like to make it 3.
I got this banjo from Mike Keyes and the bridge is one he made. As such I doubt the bridge needs any tinkering at all.Have you tried just cutting down the bridge?
Yeah it's a banjo. lol Maybe 3mm is too low. That's why I've posed the question here as pretty much everyone here knows more about tenor banjos and how to play them than I do. All I can really say is that it "could be lower" and I'd like to make that happen.You want 3mm of clearance at the 17th fret? From the board or the fret top? Sounds awfully low for almost any acoustic instrument, I think you're asking for a lot of string buzz on G and D strings unless you want to play pretty quietly. This is a Banjo, right?