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#1 User is offline   jaxson50 

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:35 PM

i don't know anything about the cantankerous things, but I saw this on CL and thought a forum member might want to jump on it.

https://boise.craigs...6264510604.html
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:54 PM

I bought a banjo about 6 years ago and started progressing learning to play it. Then the strings got rusty and I screwed up putting new strings on. It's been gathering dust for a few years with fecked up strings. I look at it every day and tell myself I'm going to get it strung right and start playing it again.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 10:31 PM

Not a bad banjo - decent price. Local pickup👎
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:19 AM

The banjo featured looks OK for what it is.....[thumbup]

Banjos come in various configurations.....mostly 4 and 5 string....

Great for adding a 'plink' factor to folk, bluegrass and other traditional musics....

And 4 stringers are widely used in Trad/Dixie jazz bands

For some reason, banjos often end up staying in their cases for long periods of time.....then brought out for a flurry of activity....

Setting up a banjo requires skill and experience regarding tension of the vellum

Otherwise.....everybody should at least try a banjo for a period of time.....[thumbup]

The folk circuit has many guitarists who double on banjo, mandolin, fiddle, tenor guitar etc

Great fun and long may it continue.....[thumbup]

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:51 AM

I had a 5 string that needed restoration, but I'm lazy. After 20 years I got rid. I have been tempted to buy a working one.

Until then, the Variax has a banjo voice. I'll use it for a recording project at some point.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:19 AM

The banjo was my first stringed instrument. I think I was 13 or 14. I learned a few tunes in the Scruggs style - Old Joe Clark, Worried Man, etc - but it was so regimented. My picking hand is a little more "free form" than that. :rolleyes: Anyway, once I became obsessed with rock and roll I switched to guitar.

I have thought about getting another banjo lately to try a frailing or clawhammer style more in line with my sloppy right hand.

Final note, a banjo is tuned to open G, so all your Keith Richards lick work. (Not that this will engender admiration from any real banjo pickers mind you).
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:38 AM

View Postsurfpup, on 13 September 2017 - 07:19 AM, said:

The banjo was my first stringed instrument. I think I was 13 or 14. I learned a few tunes in the Scruggs style - Old Joe Clark, Worried Man, etc - but it was so regimented. My picking hand is a little more "free form" than that. :rolleyes: Anyway, once I became obsessed with rock and roll I switched to guitar.

I have thought about getting another banjo lately to try a frailing or clawhammer style more in line with my sloppy right hand.

Final note, a banjo is tuned to open G, so all your Keith Richards lick work. (Not that this will engender admiration from any real banjo pickers mind you).


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:49 AM

View Postrct, on 13 September 2017 - 07:38 AM, said:

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:59 AM

Yeah. Baby. Man of the Hour, Hurry Sundown, bunch of 'em could stand a banjo. I'll buy the stand, we'll keep it on there. Show me every other banjo part for whatever songs and I'll do half. It's just a funny looking guitar, can't be too hard. I don't want you to miss any overbent high volume speedarriffic southern shredding goodness trapped behind a banjo. Bro.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:44 AM

View Postrct, on 13 September 2017 - 07:59 AM, said:

Yeah. Baby. Man of the Hour, Hurry Sundown, bunch of 'em could stand a banjo. I'll buy the stand, we'll keep it on there. Show me every other banjo part for whatever songs and I'll do half. It's just a funny looking guitar, can't be too hard. I don't want you to miss any overbent high volume speedarriffic southern shredding goodness trapped behind a banjo. Bro.

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I'm all about versatility. Got a stand for my lap steel already. [thumbup]
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:07 AM

I play a bit, but am no threat to Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck or many of the modern banjo players! I have 2, one Epi and one Ashbury, both reasonably priced and I use them for overdubs on some of my more country/ folk compositions. I play in a band with a banjo player currently, but he plays more contemporary style stuff as opposed to full on lightning fast picking bluegrass.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:20 AM

You guys do know that Perfect Pitch is defined as being able to hit the dumpster with the banjo in one shot, right?

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:27 AM

View Postrct, on 13 September 2017 - 07:59 AM, said:

It's just a funny looking guitar, can't be too hard.


....er.....ummm...well ok.

I still have my Dad's old 4-stringer.


What's the difference between a banjo and a ukelele?

A ukelele burns faster.


What's the difference between a banjo and a trampoline?

People take their shoes off to jump up and down on a trampoline.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:54 AM

These banjo jokes....( banjokes.....?....[unsure]....) are of a universally high quality.....[thumbup]

Almost as good as accordion jokes.....Posted Image

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:15 PM

I had half the band's equipment in my '68 Falcon one night, and my other guitar player's banjo on top of the pile in the back seat. We stopped for...cocktails, yeah, that's it, and when we came back out to head for home as the sun rose, we noticed that my beloved Millennium Falcon had been broken into. There was another banjo on the pile.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:03 PM

Difference between an onion and a banjo?

Nobody cries when you cut up a banjo.

I like old-timey 5-string open backs and frailing style, but bluegrass resonators not so much....
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:14 PM

This is a few years old, but banjomeister he is:

https://www.youtube....h?v=GXcRI0BdioE

Toyed with a 5 string years ago, and to this day do most of my guitar fingerpicking using banjo rolls
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