Gibson Guitar Board: A banjo can be a beautiful thing . . . - Gibson Guitar Board

Jump to content

Page 1 of 1
  • You cannot start a new topic
  • You cannot reply to this topic

A banjo can be a beautiful thing . . .

#1 User is offline   62burst 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 2025
  • Joined: 01-January 10

Posted 12 August 2017 - 04:26 PM

. . . put a round 1940's sunburst on it, firestripe 'guard, Charlie Christian pickup, and palm vibrato- the folks at Gibson must've had a smile when they saw the finished product:

Posted Image

Listing is worth having a look at; good info, and some Gibson terminology (love the case, too):

http://www.ebay.com/...7sAAOSwN2VZWXPw

0

#2 User is offline   slimt 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 2357
  • Joined: 24-March 11
  • LocationCalgary Alberta

Posted 12 August 2017 - 07:21 PM

Thats cool looking. Even a whammy bar.
0

#3 User is offline   flatbaroque 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 2296
  • Joined: 24-September 10

Posted 12 August 2017 - 07:34 PM

Round is the natural shape for a sunburst!

I liked this banjo / guitar - girl combo too.

0

#4 User is offline   62burst 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 2025
  • Joined: 01-January 10

Posted 12 August 2017 - 07:58 PM

View Postflatbaroque, on 12 August 2017 - 07:34 PM, said:

Round is the natural shape for a sunburst!

I liked this banjo / guitar - girl combo too.

I bet you did.
Very sweet. 'Just noticed- that's a 6 stringer; those chord shapes work for a guitar, though your recent cover (a real change of gears for you) had different, I believe( r).

0

#5 User is offline   Murph 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 8287
  • Joined: 03-August 08
  • LocationIllinois

Posted 13 August 2017 - 05:03 AM

View Postflatbaroque, on 12 August 2017 - 07:34 PM, said:

Round is the natural shape for a sunburst!


That was brilliant..........
0

#6 User is offline   zombywoof 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 6572
  • Joined: 24-January 08

Posted 13 August 2017 - 07:11 AM

I had a similar banjo in the house for bit. Had a maple top, an old Crosley transformer, and a magnetic bar pickup. Was not a Gibson though. I always wondered what would posses anybody to build such a thing. Could not figure out if it was genius or just plain crazy.
__________________________________________________


"I play so rough - I stomp 'em"
Bukka White
0

#7 User is offline   drathbun 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 2157
  • Joined: 02-August 08
  • LocationCalgary, Alberta

Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:26 PM

I'm working on a cover of "Gentle On My Mind" so I've cheated and rented a banjitar. I wouldn't begin to understand how to play a five string banjo. But, sweet mother of pearl, they are loud!
Doug

Posted Image

2014 Godin Multiac Classical
2013 Martin 000-28vs 12 fret
2012 Gibson "The Golden Age 1930's" SJ200
2012 Squier Vintage Modified 70's Jazz Bass
2010 Gretsch Electromatic G5122DC
2009 Taylor GA3-12e
2004 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster
1981 Rickenbacker 320JG
1968 Yamaha FG150 Red Label
My Soundclick Music Page

My YouTube Channel
0

#8 User is offline   Murph 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 8287
  • Joined: 03-August 08
  • LocationIllinois

Posted 14 August 2017 - 04:34 AM

I love my Good Time.
0

#9 User is offline   fortyearspickn 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 2738
  • Joined: 28-December 07
  • LocationSouth Texas

Posted 14 August 2017 - 05:56 AM

Yeppers. When I get tired of the old six strings - I get recharged grabbing my 5 stinger. Easier to fret, easier to pick!
Deering Boston. - steel rim - like a resonator guitar... sort of.
SJ200 2004
H'Bird TV 2010
J45 Custom Koa 2013
0

#10 User is offline   PrairieSchooner 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 263
  • Joined: 07-October 13
  • LocationKansas prairie

Posted 14 August 2017 - 08:18 AM

View Postfortyearspickn, on 14 August 2017 - 05:56 AM, said:

Yeppers. When I get tired of the old six strings - I get recharged grabbing my 5 stinger. Easier to fret, easier to pick!
Deering Boston. - steel rim - like a resonator guitar... sort of.


Yep! Nothing like a banjo to improve your outlook and get you out of a funk...

Posted Image
And then there are the times when the wolves are silent and the moon is howling. - George Carlin
0

#11 User is offline   OldCowboy 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 2771
  • Joined: 06-February 16
  • LocationIndiana - Texas - sometimes Lost

Posted 14 August 2017 - 09:53 AM

There's nothing quite like a good, plunky open back banjo as company while you sit out on the porch in the evening. Resonaters are great for bluegrass, but they're not the same.
0

#12 User is offline   QuestionMark 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 1185
  • Joined: 27-December 07

Posted 14 August 2017 - 08:32 PM

Here is a photo to click on to see my 1970 Vega Wonder 5 String banjo. The banjo has a few interesting things about it. It was the 28th Vega banjo that the CF Martin Company made after it acquired the remains of the old Boston Vega Company. As a result, it has some Boston Vega parts in it and some CF Martin Vega parts in it. It also is a bit unusual in that its a Vega Wonder banjo, which is usually an open back banjo, but this one was a Vega Wonder Banjo made with a resonator from the factory. A friend of mine (who has since passed away) reasonably sold me the banjo about 12 years ago because he wanted me to have it. It has the original paperwork with it from when my friend bought it new in 1970, plus he told me the background on it when he originally bought it. I also have a letter correspondence he wrote to the CF Martin Company just after he bought it, asking how to properly set it up, and the CF Martin Company's response referencing how it should be set up and maintained, plus the serial number, etc.

I have about 4 other 5 string banjos in my collection, but this one is by far my favorite and the one I bring with me to gigs as some variety to my guitar playing.

I started learning guitar at age 9 and 5 string banjo at age 10. Originally, I learned from the red Pete Seeger How to Play the 5 String Banjo book. Then I imitated John Stewart's banjo playing in the Kingston Trio and then Earl Scruggs and then a ton of great old 5 string banjo players who I met over the years at the jam that I run (all of whom are now passed away.) My original folk style morphed into bluegrass style pickin' over the years, although I still certainly can do the original folk style I started with as needed.

QM aka Jazzman Jeff
EDIT: ps. No clue why on my laptop PC the photo shows sideways, but yet it properly shows vertical on my iphone. Whatever.

Attached thumbnail(s)

  • Attached Image: Jeff's 1970 Vega 5 String Wonder Banjo.JPG

0

#13 User is offline   zombywoof 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 6572
  • Joined: 24-January 08

Posted 15 August 2017 - 07:12 AM

Heard this one first while I was living in Scotland in the mid-1970s.

Question: A banjo player and a bagpipe player are tossed out of a 10th story window. Who hits the ground first?
Answer: Who cares.
__________________________________________________


"I play so rough - I stomp 'em"
Bukka White
0

#14 User is offline   QuestionMark 

  • Advanced Member
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 1185
  • Joined: 27-December 07

Posted 15 August 2017 - 08:34 AM

There are a lot of banjo player jokes out there. And, it's often banjo players who tell them themselves. Personally, I never understood why to either. But, they are out there. Go figure...

Speaking of banjos, it is quite interesting how the 5 string banjo, known as the only all American instrument in origin, has a drone 5th string which closely resembles how eastern Indian instruments use drone strings, plus a 5 string's body and sounds resemble an oriental instrument (such as was used in Kubo and the 2 String's version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.). And, speaking of bagpipes, don't bagpipes also use a drone tone? (though not a stringed instrument).


QM aka Jazzman Jeff
0

Share this topic:


Page 1 of 1
  • You cannot start a new topic
  • You cannot reply to this topic

1 User(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users