I’ve had my (first) banjo now for about oh 8-9 months and I’ve noticed a tuning problem that i’ve been trying to tackle. It’s not a super cheap banjo and not a super expensive one either (goldtone 250)
I’ve watched videos (on here and youtube) about the banjo setup and have done the basics like the head tension and the bridge placement and I’m still having an issue.
So, I have it setup such that:
- all open strings are properly in tune. (default banjo tuning)
- all 12th fret notes are in tune (or pretty darn close).
- all 12th fret harmonics are in tune (again, pretty darn close).
With all of this being in tune, when I play notes on the 2nd thru about 7th fret (pretty sure every string), those notes are NOT in tune and are noticeably sharp to the ear (and the tuner of course)… it’s nothing huge but it’s enough that it’s noticeable to me. When I get above the 7th fret the notes get closer to being in tune again. And I also then notice that notes ABOVE the 12th fret start getting flat as I go up.
From everything i’ve watched/read I thought that if you had the open and 12th frets in tune then everything else should be good.
So any thoughts about what that might be and what I should check?
Maybe a truss rod adjustment is needed? (although that doesn’t seem to make sense to me based on the bahavior, but i’m no expert).
Thanks for any tips!