Forum - Banjo Ben Clark

She lives!

And because of that, I can face tomorrow. :stuck_out_tongue:

My buddy Andy Douglas did an incredible job repairing the broken headstock. You can see a few fine line cracks in the finish, but you can’t even feel them.

I’m sure it’s just the new strings, but I don’t think she’s ever sounded better. With everything else going on around here right now, I can’t tell you how good this makes me feel having her playing again. I’ve owned this banjo longer than any other instrument I have. If my son doesn’t learn banjo I just make be buried with her.



Whew, that feels good! I’m glad it worked out!


Nice! Good think is the tension on a banjo is a little less.

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True! Also, I’ve been told several times now that the neck / headstock joint is actually stronger after a repair because wood glue is stronger than the wood itself. I’ve actually tested that theory in the past by gluing up 2 pieces of maple and then putting them it in a vice and hitting it with a hammer. The wood broke, not the glued joint.

Not that I care to test that theory on my baby, mind you. :smiley:

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Yep! It’ll never break there again.


It looks like a nice fix and I’m glad you can say that.

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For sure. I’ve seen a lot of hack repair jobs.