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String and bridge setup for style a and c.

Started by Johan Pedersen. Last reply by Paul Dec 3, 2012. 1 Reply

Hi I just bought a style A for £700 all original prts exept for the tail piece.I also own a style C.My wondering is what the best setup is for string gauge, bridge and banjohead. JohanContinue

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Comment by B/C on April 17, 2013 at 4:45am

Thanks Fellas...catastrophe averted.  Neck still straight. I took off the G and D "cables" and replaced them with wound classical guitar strings (.36 and .30) until i get my banjo strings in the mail. The neck seemed relieved..thanks for the help.

Comment by Dick Glasgow on April 16, 2013 at 3:14pm

Must admit, I tend to agree with Gerry on this.

I too go for - 12, 18(w), 28, 38 on my 1919-ish Clifford Essex Paragon.

I'm very happy with the sound & I've seen far too many old Banjos with warped necks, in 2nd hand shops over the years & I'd hate to think I was responsible for adding another vintage neck to the Junk Pile!

I'd vote for safety first. ;-)



Comment by GerryMac on April 16, 2013 at 12:48pm

B/C .46, imo, is much too heavy a gauge for an old Paramount. On my F Style I wouldn't use anything heavier than a .38 or 36 for the bottom G. I think you're looking for future trouble with a warped neck, etc. My choice for some time now, both on my Vega and Paramount, has been a medium set - 12, 18(w), 28, 38. These don't appear to place any major tension on the neck while producing, for me anyway, a lovely clear sound. I would imagine with a 46 you'd get more of a plunk than a pling. Still, each to his own.

Comment by B/C on April 16, 2013 at 1:17am

Hi All, I put Octave mando strings on (G is .46) and now my action is too hight.  the nut needs to be worked on, but the strings stay in place while playing.  Going to try GHS Celtic strings (stainless steel, GDA are wound, E is plain steel)  to see if they work better.  Any suggestions?

Comment by B/C on April 12, 2013 at 4:45am

Hi All, just purchased a 1930 Paramount A in fantastic shape, from Guitar Center "vintage" from all places.....

Comment by Thomas Ahern on February 18, 2013 at 10:21pm

I have a style c, lovely banjo, great tone. Everything is original besides the tailpiece.

Comment by Johan Pedersen on November 27, 2012 at 6:46pm

Me too. I bought it this week for £ 700.

Comment by robertmacneil on August 22, 2012 at 3:35am

I just posted some pics of my 1929 Paramount Leader

Comment by David Vrooman on May 30, 2012 at 3:05pm

Playing a 1929 Paramount Leader. Working through Enda's tutor on and off. Originally started in Irish music on the fiddle, but I'm growing to love the banjo more and more each day.

Comment by Kazuhiko Tomiyama on April 21, 2012 at 2:08pm

Joined The Irish Tenor Banjo today and play a 1929 Paramount Style F. Currently working on Sully's Irish Banjo Book by Tony Sullivan. 


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String and bridge setup for style a and c.

Started by Johan Pedersen. Last reply by Paul Dec 3, 2012. 1 Reply

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