|Neutral Rod Tension noun \ˈnü-trəl ˈräd ˈtent-shən\
|00:49The Term "Neutral Rod Tension" generally refers to the tension setting on a dual coordinator rod banjo, which is based on the classic Mastertone design. This "neutral" setting is found by making sure the lower coordinator rod, which exits completely through the rim, has the inside and outside nuts set against each another at an even tension. This helps in the wooden rim's stability and ability to stay in "round."
The nuts are turned into tightening sequence so that there is not one side receiving too much tension, effectively putting zero inside or outside (or "neutral") sheering force on the rim.
Many experienced set up professionals use this neutral setting as part of the normal set up process for flat head style banjos.
Also See: Coordinator Rods
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