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Setup Adjustments  noun \ˈset-ˌəp ə-ˈjəst-mənts\  Change text size for readability...  Print This Page

00:47Most fretted musical instruments require a bit of adjustment to optimize the sound and playability of the instrument. This adjustment is referred to as "setup." Typically on a banjo this involves tensioning the head, bridge selection and positioning, string selection, tailpiece selection and positioning, coordinator rod adjustment, and truss rod (inside the neck) adjustment.

These adjustments are usually made by a knowledgeable luthier and can make a significant difference in how your banjo plays and sounds. A new banjo from the factory will almost always require an initial setup.

A highly recommended source of information include the book by Roger H. Siminoff: "How to Set Up the Best Sounding Banjo"
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