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For guitarists who love the banjo sound and play 6-string banjos.
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Started by henry b Oct 26, 2010.
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.
Please remember that this instrument can be played like a guitar there are several pro's who play wIth a flat PICK
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