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Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2014
Started by henry b Oct 26, 2010.
BTW, I have added a 5-string Samick to my 5-string arsenal, one i can afford to leave in the car all the time. I play it open-backed. I've been going back and forth between 5-string and 6-string a lot lately, practicing the same songs on both, Which is interesting - I've learned tricks on one that I have subsequently used on the other and vice versa. And they're BOTH BANJOS. :-) I also play guitar, so I do know the difference. :-)
Fun, fun, fun. :-)
Just bought the Dean Electric/acoustic 6-string banjo (the black one). Summary - the "bottom line" Backwoods 6 is louder unamplified and, with an add-on piezo system sounds more like a banjo through a good amp than the mag pickup on the electric-acoustic one. That said, it had too much ring for most of the kind of music I use 6-string banjo for, so after a long shootout period, I am keeping the black one and have found good homes for the "base' unit and the Rogue both.
Here's a description of the "shootout"
Since my last post here, I bought a Rogue 6-string banjo to have a "beach version." Because it has a wooden pot instead of that pointed aluminum flange I can take the resonator off without endangering anybody. At any rate, lacking a resonator and tone ring, the sustain is reduced to the point where I can strum it like a guitar (all six strings) and it sounds good. The DOWN side is that the neck is way narrow, almost like they put a 6-string head on a 4-string neck, so it's hard for me to do my fancy picking patterns - the stubby fingers on my left hand keep deadening adjacent strings. But the "lesson learned" part here is that an acoustic guitar player who wants to go onto a 6-string banjo without adjusting his playing style may be better off with a backless, wooden pot banjo. Yes, they all come with resonators, but those come off easily.
Hi Guys , just found this section on here and find it really good . I,ve had my six stringer for a couple of years now and enjoying playing it . Strings are Elixir 10s P/bronze . hb
Norman Blake did some fine flatpicking and fingerpicking on a couple of albums a few years ago. Old Gibson guitar-banjo sounds great in his hands.
Harvey Reid plays with a flat pick as does Taylor Swift. ^ string jo ARE not going to sound exacly like a banjo
Regarding Fred's comment. Irish-style banjo is played with a flat pick rather like lead guitar, seldom strummed unless you want to be deafening. So it goes back to what kind of music you like.
I will second the Alaska Pik recommendation. I've used them for years playing the guitar and guitar-banjo and they provide a consistent, durable interface with great tone. You must trim and shape them for best results.
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