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Banjos: History, Building and Playing

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Here is my first banjo

Started by Marmelade. Last reply by Randy Tipton Feb 27, 2017. 1 Reply

The resonator is a "14" floor tom. As I am originaly a drummer...I did a mistake building this banjo, the neck hasn't got the correct angle so for the high notes, it is a bit hard to reach.If you…Continue

banjo goatskin?

Started by Fergus Morris. Last reply by Strumelia Sep 28, 2010. 7 Replies

I have been fortunate enough to acquire a massive African gourd/kalabash (14 inch diameter!), and am wanting to make a gourd tackhead banjo. If i understand correctly the stuff i want for the head is…Continue

woodhead banjo

Started by Michael J. Latoski. Last reply by Michael J. Latoski Feb 3, 2010. 8 Replies

any comments ? this thing was built from plans from the foxfire series book i think ? but i can't be sure.... label inside dates it to 1978 . flea market item ......... a little setup and it plays…Continue

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Comment by Tres Seaver on December 28, 2009 at 3:23am
My nearly finished "Soldier's Joy Banjo":

Instead of a skin head, this banjo uses what was reputed to be a Civil War-era mess dish as a resonator. I need to lower the dish further into the ring, to keep the strings from fretting on the bottom of it when I play up the neck.
Comment by Tres Seaver on December 28, 2009 at 3:21am
Comment by Nathan King on December 17, 2009 at 12:26pm
I recently got bitten by the banja bug. I'd been wanting to play one for a while now, but once I got this thing in my hands... holy cow! This instrument is so unlike anything I've ever played. The more I learn about it, the more different styles of playing I discover exist.

And along those lines, there are so many different ways to tune it, too. Here's a cool link I found with many different tunings for your 5-string banjo: banjo tunings
Comment by Ted Crocker on December 12, 2009 at 11:18pm


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