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Trying to put the finishing touches on my banjo and in tuning I found that the first three frets on the A string (4 sting tenor banjo) were dead. After raining the bride i got rid of the 2nd and 3rd frets being dead.  But the the first is still dead; I tried raising the bridge more no help. tried making a new taller nut but that made it worse.  The 2nd and 3rd were dead again, so filed it down and back to just first fret dead.  In looking at it for string height the string lays on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd strings touch the frets when playing the first fret.  I have to adjustment to the neck, am I just going to have to live with it oris there something I am missing?  Please help as I am giving this away for a benefit to raise money and would like it to play as best it can.  Thanks 

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Keep filing. It sounds like you still have a high fret.

Thanks it ended up being the second fret was to high, reset it with a wack...lol and the filed a little and now no more dead note!!!  

Here at the pics of the finished banjo, seems like forever to get done.  A real banjo player will want to fine tune and set up but good to go..

Hidden in the tail piece is a 1/4" plug connected to a piezo pickup under the bridge.  Just hope it raises a few buck for Relay for Life.  Which all the money from the show goes to..



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