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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by carver, Aug 6, 2019.
I want one. I can't finger pick but it looks like you don't need to to have fun. Nice job!
Very cool! Post another, soon?
Same here, although it’s still on layaway for a bit.
Vintage tenor banjos (1920's-1940s) are all over ebay and often a decent one can be had for less than $500. Biggest problem is that most of those will have 1:1 tuners (which are a PITA). Figure on spending another $120 on decent geared tuners to replace them. A new head is pretty cheap. Strings are still available in a wide variety.
Of course, well-known trade names like "Gibson" will usually drive the price up over $1000...same for just about any banjo with a resonator.
Tunings are all over the map, of course. Originally they were all tuned in 5ths (CGDA) but now there are lots of variations. GDAE is common for Irish-trad players. DAEB is getting more common (CGDA tuned up 2 frets, with requisite string diameter changes). Baritone Uke tuning (DGBE) is possible and it matches the tuning of the treble strings of the guitar...which makes it easy for guitar players.
I have seen at least one swapped over to nylon strings. It would be a bit mellower and would need some bridge/nut work due to the larger diameter strings. I never heard it played but I strummed it for a second or two. That would probably be really good for Uke style...and you wouldn't have to buy geared tuners. Hey! I have one sitting out that would be a great candidate for that. Weekend project!
You are in for a treat!