Weak Slide on the Banjo E String
I just acquired a Kenmore Ludwig tenor banjo from the 1930s. It was set up professionally by a very good luthier I trust, but for some reason, the E string is impossible to slide on, and notes are very weak unless the string is pressed close to the frets. I start a slide, and as I move up a fret, the note immediately dies out.
I noticed the frets under the E string are very worn down compared to the rest of the strings, and while the string is mildly tarnished, it’s basically new. The bridge was custom made for this banjo a few weeks ago, and the other strings have no trouble at all.
Do any of you have any advice on getting a clean slide or helping to troubleshoot this banjo trouble?