"Hi John, the neck on my 'Clipper' is perfectly straight, perhaps because it has only had gut and now nylon strings fitted during its life. I hope you have nylon strings fitted, the neck was not designed to take the stress of steel…"
"I know what you mean, Marc. I have my mother's guitar, made by Raphael Ciani, the maternal uncle of the famous archtop guitar maker Johnny D'Angelico. I also have the pieces of a Ciani mandolin that belonged to my great aunt who was…"
It sounds great, a very brilliant tone, possible improved by age. There is a bit of a twist in the neck where it was left for years under a bed without the strings slackened but this does not seem to affect playing or…"
"Hi there John, I also have a Clifford Essex 'Clipper' that has travelled around the world with me and is now here in Cyprus. They are great little banjos and very well made for what was an 'entry level' instrument, great…"
Good to hear to you are still banjoing. Yes, still on freezer mountain and another five years to go at Monash. Still keeping busy as you can see from www.ausmdr.com but any banjo related research (e.g. minstrelsy) has been put…"
Clifford Essex banjo that belonged to my Greek-Australian grandfather. No one else wanted it was give to me as professional musician of the family but the years have passed and I have never learnt to play it Some bluegrass players have asked to have…
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Hi John, the neck on my 'Clipper' is perfectly straight, perhaps because it has only had gut and now nylon strings fitted during its life. I hope you have nylon strings fitted, the neck was not designed to take the stress of steel strings. If you slacken the ebony wedges it may be possible to reset the neck slightly so the top nut is true and level with the bridge when viewed from the top nut. I have a couple of old banjos where the neck has a slight twist and have struck a 'happy medium' by shifting the neck slightly, but as you say, if it does not effect the sound or playing of the instrument, jobs a good un as they say!
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