How to Change Banjo Strings

A banjo is a 4 or 5-string fretted instrument with a drum head as a resonator. This resonator gives the banjo its characteristic sharp, twanging sound. This tone, combined with the volume of the banjo make it a great lead instrument, able to cut through other instruments and come through clearly every time.

Things You'll Need

  • Banjo
  • Strings
  • Tuner


    • 1

      Turn the first string banjo peg (the string with the peg on the side of the neck) to loosen the string. Unwind it all the way, then slide the end out of the peg.

    • 2

      Thread the string out through the tailpiece. Usually, the tailpiece will have a small hook that holds the end of the string and a bar that pushes it down towards the drum head. You will have to thread it under the bar and then pull is off the hook.

    • 3

      Hook the loop at the end of a new string on the hook and thread the string up through the tailpiece and over the bridge. There should be a small slot in the bridge for each string. Make sure the string is in the groove of its own slot.

    • 4

      Thread the string through the tuning peg and pull it in fairly tightly. Bend the free end around the peg in a counterclockwise motion.

    • 5

      Tighten the peg until you get a D note. The string should turn counterclockwise as it tightens.

    • 6

      Repeat the above steps for the other four strings. The second string and third string should be tuned to B and G respectively, and wrapped counterclockwise around their pegs. The 4th and 5th string should be turned clockwise and tuned to D and G.

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