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Discuss the Banjo lesson: Banjo Setup with Steve Huber- Tailpiece Adjustment


Ok, not sure if I’m doing this correctly but here goes… New Gold Member, really interested in the Banjo Set-up videos. Watched this one about the tailpiece and I would like to know what the screw on the back of the Presto type tailpiece is for. Where or when do you use it. Thanks for the great information.

Hey @cgordon491! I haven’t watched this one in a while, but I believe Steve explains that the screw is to raise and lower the height of the tailpiece.

He said he uses the Nut to adjust the height, but then he never said anything about the screw on the back. I did adjust mine tonight because the tailpiece was resting on the ring. So it actually sounds better now.

I used this Video to adjust the tailpiece on my Flatiron Sweetgrass Banjo and it instantly transformed the sound to Gibson Mastertone quality. Wow! My mistake was thinking the tailpiece needed to be adjusted down to nearly touching the drumhead. The 3/8" clearance, relaxing the bridge tension on the drum made all the difference in the world. THANKS!!