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Latest Activity: Jul 4, 2015
Started by henry b Oct 26, 2010.
Follow up to my note below about getting a left-strung Deering D-6. After cleaning it up, I investigated several options for getting a "right-handed" nut and bridge. All of them would require extensive custom work - Deering says that the D-6 engineering has changed so just ordering D-6 parts wouldn't work. My local guitar guy pointed out that the clearcoat went on after the nut was glued down, so prying the nut up could ruin the finish on the peg head. So I followed his suggestion and used a triangular file VERY GENTLY to widen the slots for the fifth and string slightly an restrung the thing. The bridge worked just fine turned around. Haven't had enough time to really get used to it - it has a longer neck than all but one of my guitars and a wider nut than all of my banjos, including my other 6-strings.
Still it is a FANTASTIC instrument with a sound that is ALL Banjo.
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
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