For enthusiasts of early banjo
New toy? Scalloped frets look fun
Hi Kevin, beautiful banjo. Doc's I presume. I'm new here. Beginner. I've never seen an authentic minstrel banjo. The only minstrel banjo I've seen is my Bell Boucher, a kit. In a previous post I asked this question, " How far are the strings above the fingerboard at the 12th fret position?" Stumelia replied, " 5/16 inch." Mine is about the same.
I've built a few guitars and banjos, 5/16 at the 12th fret would be considered unplayable. Am I missing something here? I know Doc's banjos are designed for clawhammer and frailing. I imagine they are more than adequate for stroke style? His setup: .040 over the 1st fret and .125 over the 12th. I've fretted mine and am considering cutting a 3 degree angle on the heel of the neck, lowering the action to near Doc's specs.
Can one play stroke style on a lowered action, or is there a reason for a high action? Thanks, Dave
David, I can play stroke on a modern banjo just as well as I can play on a early banjo, although when I play stroke on a modern banjo, I'm often find myself accidently hitting the head on every note because I'm so used to using a higher action. here is a great web site if you want to see some original minstrel banjos, there's 193 early banjos, including original Boucher banjos, here's the link. http://www.banjodatabase.dreamhosters.com/collections/browse
Thank you Bruce. I'm building a minstrel banjo (fretted) and also what I'll call a minstrel banjo guitar. The 6 string banjo was invented in the late 1800's tuning ?? The banjo guitar (banjitar) came later. I'll post pictures when I finish them. Thanks again, Dave
Hi Bruce, I downloaded that banjo database you provided. Thanks a bunch. I t has provided me with many construction and design alternatives. Dave
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