How to Attach a Banjo Resonator

by Don Kress
A banjo resonator increases the instrument's sound volume.

A banjo resonator increases the instrument's sound volume.

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If you're learning to play the banjo, it's important for you to take the time to get to know your instrument. While you don't need to know necessarily what its favorite take-out food is, knowing the parts that make up a banjo and how to put them all together is something to which you should pay close attention. The banjo resonator is the wooden back of the banjo, the part that rests against your stomach when you play it. The resonator has a secret, though. It's not a special part that must be used at all times. The resonator can be removed in much the same way that a trumpet player removes a mute from their instrument.

Items you will need

  • Velcro strips
Step 1

Cut the Velcro strips into sections that are 1-1/2-inches-by-1/2-inch wide. Apply four of these around the outside of the tone ring of the banjo at the 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions. If your banjo incorporates angle brackets to secure the resonator, apply the Velcro strips to these.

Step 2

Apply four pieces of similarly sized Velcro to the inside of the banjo resonator in the same positions, either opposite the angle brackets or on the inside rim of the resonator.

Step 3

Line up the Velcro strips with one another, and then slide the resonator into place so that the Velcro strips grip one another tightly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Anything that you add to the resonator will affect the sound of the banjo. Avoid adding things that are permanently attached, just in case you don't care for the sound they produce.

References

  • "Banjo For Dummies"; Bill Evans; 2007
  • "How to Set Up the Best Sounding Banjo"; 1999 Roger Siminoff;
  • "Complete Banjo Repair: The Setup, Maintenance, and Restoration of the Five-String Banjo"; Larry Sandberg; 1992

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