How To Adjust Your Banjo's Coordinator Rods

June 05, 2014 by David Bandrowski
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Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn said:

I found the video very helpful. Great emphasis on making just small changes most important. really appreciate the invitation to call if there are any questions.

Ronny Polak

Ronny Polak said:

Very instructive and understandable video.
Thank you.

Robert Schultz

Robert Schultz said:

thanks, your “how to” videos are well made, and easy to follow. as well as getting your banjo to sound it’s best.

Silvio Ferretti

Silvio Ferretti said:

Very nice video, clear and simple instructions, a blessing for beginners. However (isn’t there always a “however”?…), it would have helped to clarify that co-rods adjustment should be done – if based on string height at the 22nd or even 12th fret – once the neck relief is set right. A bowed neck, or one that is too straight, will give too high or too low an action no matter how the co-rods are set. So, at least IMO, the sequence of adjustments should be different, i.e. 1) with loose strings make sure that the rod(s) are snug on the neck side, 2) make sure the outside / tailpiece nut is tight against the rim, 3) make sure the top rod’s inside nut is just snug (not tight) against the inside of the rim (#2 and 3 make the rim rigid and ensure that string tension does not make the rim oval when brought up), 4) tighten the strings to pitch and check neck relief, 5) if neck relief is right move on to what the video says. Hope this can help and add further info to this nice video. And kudos to the Deering Banjo Co. for helping pickers all around the world.

George Clark

George Clark said:

How about a video that explains how to change the head?


Linz said:

Thanks for the info David !! Much appreciated…


vern said:

show us how to adjust the truss rod double acting ones please, thanks

Richard Bugdal

Richard Bugdal said:

Never was quite sure of adjusting the truss rod. Excellent and clear presentation.

Dennis L

Dennis L said:

You have the best customer service that goes along with you great product. I have a good time and am learning to play (retired). I’m so glad I bought a banjo from you. See you in Grass Valley tomorrow.


VL said:

Very helpful video; thank you. The coordinator rod is different than the truss rod—correct? It would be great to see a video about how to tell which might be the culprit when the strings buzz down the neck (at the 2nd fret and below, to be specific) and the string height varies up and down the neck so that it seems the neck is bowing. (I play a Deering John Hartford, if that helps answer the question.) Thanks again for the maintenance instruction videos. Please keep them coming!


Siemion said:

Thank you so much for that video! VERY helpful.

Andy Fielding

Andy Fielding said:

Great video—except for possibly one thing. Chad explains how important it is, when adjusting a two-rod banjo, to loosen the inner rod before you start changing the outer one. But he doesn’t mention this till more than halfway through the video, when he actually starts adjusting a two-rod banjo. How many people with two-rod banjos may be watching this and following along during the one-rod section, not realizing they could damage their banjos by not loosening the center rod first?

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