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What kind of Banjo
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Author:  paulrace [ Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:14 am ]
Post subject:  What kind of Banjo

Some time back I wrote an article describing the different uses of 4-string, 5-string, and 6-string banjos. ... banjos.htm

Recently I saw some five-string banjos that were better suited for clawhammer and other strumming-heavy styles than they would be for Bluegrass being advertised as "Bluegrass banjos." I'm sure the manufacturers were just trying to keep totally clueless people from buying 6-string banjos and expecting to learn Scruggs-style on them. But I thought it was worth pointing out that Bluegrass performance requires a certain kind of banjo, preferably with metal tone rings and other features to boost the volume and the ring.

So here's an article on that: ... _banjo.htm

Feel free to sign up for the forum and disagree on any point. :-)

Author:  paulrace [ Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: What kind of Banjo

I just added a flowchart to help folks decide what kind of banjo they needed to end of the article here: ... banjos.htm

I've also put together an "exploded" view of a professional banjo with notes, to help you decide whether a banjo you're looking at really has all the "bells and whistles" or is just as cheap as they could make it and still call it a banjo.

Here's a preview:

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To see the high-rez pdf version, click here: ... natomy.pdf

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