NBD - Grab your paddles

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  1. Hugh

    Hugh Got Cluck ?

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    Out for delivery ! After 6 weeks wait, my Hickler Standard Frailer will be here today. Mark Hickler is a respected builder in Mesa AZ and was kind enough to work me into his busy schedule.

    He does a lot of custom work. Elaborate inlays and such which he described as stressful. Mine has a few different specs then those listed on his page for the Standard Frailer model. Ebony fingerboard, headstock overlay, and blackstrap. ( he couldn't find his richlite so I got ebony instead !)

    The only two things I specified were to forego the 5th string spikes and add a cherry armrest. The neck is cherry and maple laminate. The rim and bottom cap ( partial resonator) is cherry as well. Basically an open back banjo with a generous scoop on the fretboard. Suitable for clawhammer style.

    Until it arrived today you can see a photo of it on his Facebook page.

    https://m.facebook.com/pages/catego...110861048997701/?type=3&source=48&__tn__=EH-R

    I'm a total beginner on banjo, but I retired in April and I have all the time in the world to learn it. Going to be the best summer ever !
     
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    It arrived intact yesterday as schedule. Cool, no Covid related delay. It was about 90 outside and the truck must have been warm inside. The banjo was pretty warm to the touch out of the box. So it went to the laundry room for two hours where it's usually 77 or 78 degrees.

    It looks very nice and well crafted. Nice round neck profile and fatter from the 5th fret up than I expected it to be, which I love. Sounds great, but the light strange feel like rubber bands. So it's on the bench for mediums and tweaking the string slots if need be as well as the action at the nut.

    The intonation is fine out of the box so I'm changing one string at a time to keep the bridge where it's at.

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    Teasey banjo porn


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    The neck is cherry with maple strips and the heel shape is known as Dobson Style. It's huge but it is under the scoop and doesn't inhibit access to the Frets at all.

    I'll post some photos after I get down to Bernheim Forest soon. They have this beyond cool mini amphitheater of sorts called the Silo Stage. Very rustic setting and seating on log benches for perhaps 15-20. Sadly it's seldom used.

    Great spot for respite from an unsettled world. And photos, and learning to play this darn thing :cool:
     
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    Rolled the fretboard edges. Nicer feel now.

    Been improving daily. Got my left hand going good. Right hand technique still work in progress.

    There are so many killer videos out there, it's making it easy to improve.

    This one rocks..


    The book Fretboard Roadmaps 5-String Banjo by Fred Sokolow is great Fwiw
     
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    Every time I see a banjo I cannot think of anything other than the Beverly Hillbillies.
     
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    Deliverence
     
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    Happy New Banjo Day!
     
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    Happy new err....happy almost new about 14day old banjo day to you !! Looks really nice!! thats to bad he couldn't find his richlite and had to put junky ebony on it. :D
     
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    Johnny St. Cyr was a banjoist, played with Louis Armstrong on the Hot 5s and 7s... Early jazz, New Orleans jazz, has a lot of banjo...
     
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    Gorgeous neck! I love Cherry. I have also had some amazing results with Hawthorn! Once it grows BIG its great tonewood. Same with Applewood or Dogwood even.
    Make amazing paddles!

    Kudos on the bourbon too. :thumb:
     
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    Yea, just my luck :)

    I'm having fun with it. My inner hick is coming out !
     
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    Someone on the banjo forum I joined mentioned that. I inherited a huge CD collection and I think I saw a few Louie Armstrong discs in there. I'll have to go through them and see if the group's you mentioned are in there.
     
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    Here comes the banjo gas again. Dammit.
     
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    Thanks, it seems banjo builders use several species of wood not commonly seen on other instruments.

    Cheers !
     
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    Introduced it to the woods and the little Amphitheater I mentioned...

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    What a great place to write and pick...

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    0803201128.jpg There are picnic tables along the banks of that dry creek bed. Great for writing lyrics and just relaxing.
     
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    I usually record my practice sessions and here's a 40 second example of my progress. Today makes a month I've had the banjo, and this was recorded three or four days ago.

    Warts and all... guess it's okay for only a month of practice..
    https://clyp.it/gmj4pea1?token=376ab08fed2e2390ec1427ce37601046

    All thumb, no thumb pick. Except for the last three descending note going back to the E minor chord. Those are played by the index finger.

    Drop thumb two finger clawhammer is what they call it I think.