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Dewey Tech: Buzz From Hell (6) Tech: Banjo Buzz From Hell 21 Jun 08

No I'm not talking about drugs.

My 5-string Bluegrass banjo has buzz from hell! Replaced the buzzing ist D string with a fresh one, banjo still buzzes...

tighted head, and tightened all lugs, still buzzez. replaced nut, still buzzez. replaced bridge, still buzzes,replaced tailpiece, still buzzes,put graphite in nut slot still buzzes, adjusted truss rod, still buzzes,adjusted coordinating rods, both upper and lower to change action, still buzzes, tried different bridge sizes, and a comepenstated bridge saddle, still buzzes.

filled the truss with rubber cement, just in case truss might be loose still buzzes, replaced tuning pegs and tightened all bolts, still buzzes,

tighetened every screw in the banjo that I could find both big and small, plucked the top D-sting, and the bottom D-still both buzz now, Also now it occasionally sounds like someone put chewing gum on all the strings to deadened them.

Changed the all the strings, still buzzes, neck is as straight as a arrow, set action to specifications of's recommendations, still buzzes,

CATCH THIS: Held sting in the air 6 inches above the banjo, strentch it as hard as I could and gave it a pluck against the pot, still buzzes, full length from the beginning of the string to the end. Put the string on the banjo, fretted every fret, and it still buzzes on all frets, whether on the neck in the correct active posistion, or out of the neck as described above.

Went the though the, big buzz check list, but I am running out of things to try.

Anybody see anything I may have missed in torment to track the buzz from hell.

BTW! I even replaced the NECK, with a new one: guess what! problem. STILL BUZZES!

This thing shouldn't buzz, when it is not making contact with any frets, has absolutely nothing loose or rattling, and is at proper action height, with a new neck.

Help me end the mystery of the buzz from hell.



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