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Latest Activity: Dec 26, 2013
Started by Johan Pedersen. Last reply by Paul Dec 3, 2012.
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
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.
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. ;-)
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.
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?
Hi All, just purchased a 1930 Paramount A in fantastic shape, from Guitar Center "vintage" from all places.....
I have a style c, lovely banjo, great tone. Everything is original besides the tailpiece.
Me too. I bought it this week for £ 700.
I just posted some pics of my 1929 Paramount Leader
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.
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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