The banjo is a popular stringed instrument used in American folk music. This simple instrument did not take long to get out of primitive appearance and sound quality to transform into the popular musical instrument you get in the shops today. Though lots of these instruments are being put out from factories, many people are happy to buy used banjos. Therefore it is good to look at the pitfalls that might come with a used banjo.
Those old banjos are good possessions to have as they have a lot of soul though they are a bit weaker on some aspects. If you make a thorough inspection on these lines you could easily avoid disappointment later. Used banjo you look at in the used instrument shop may have got exposed to sun or high temperature. Also it could have been lying without strings in which case the neck tends to warp. If the neck is warped that used banjo is not easy to play. Some notes may not work at all.
Frets are the other items that could get damaged in a used banjo due to poor handling and storage. These frets are small pieces of metal and they wear out with use and also could bend when exposed to poor conditions. If they are in a poor state, not only the sounds will get affected but also you might not be able to play the used banjo at all.
Used banjos could have problems with their tuners. Most often the tuners get rusted requiring replacement. Worn out tuners bring about poor sound quality. Some used banjo will need the replacement of pegs.
Heads of used banjo are also vulnerable parts. All their parts need to be looked at properly. May be the head itself could go loose or worn. In case the membrane is damaged a used banjo for sale will lose a lot of value as it cannot make quality sounds. Therefore check the membrane also properly. If you are lucky it could be a lose membrane for which only remedy needed is tightening.
Strings of those banjos for sale are kept in place by the bridges. With the elapse of time, they might get warped or misaligned in which case the used banjo will not work properly. Even a broken or a chipped one could be repaired or replaced by a good technician. One part that is difficult to repair in banjos for sale is the nuts. You will find them at the top of your banjo. They are the ones that hold the strings there. If they are damaged it is not easy to repair because they are glued to the instrument body.
Since you have some idea what to look for when you visit a shop in response to that advertisement which read used banjo for sale. If you look at the places mentioned, you can evaluate your banjo for sale you will be able to judge whether to buy it or not. It is worth buying a used banjo for their antiquity. But used banjo need to be usable.