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Chris Prieto
  • San Diego, CA
  • United States
  • Since early 2014
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Chris Prieto's Discussions

Gut 4th string

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Berghan 7 hours ago. 11 Replies

I thought it was a good idea but it is a pita. Impossible to tune since it's so fat even the slightest twist of the peg send it's sharp or flat and the notes are almost half a step behind all the…Continue

Proper spectacles!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Dec 11, 2016. 5 Replies

So some time ago Tim mentioned he ground down some old lenses and put em in a pair of period frames. So I attempted to do the same. I cut the shape into surface lens with exact blade and drilled many…Continue

Air Travel with banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wes Merchant Dec 2, 2016. 7 Replies

So I was entertaining the idea of heading out to the sweeney gathering if its happening again. But am not sure of the best way to bring my banjo since I would be flying. Do you guys ever do air…Continue

Been on the grind

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Chase Nov 7, 2016. 1 Reply

Miss you fine folks. Been busy with work work and making banjos and busking and learning the ways of rope tensioned hand drums. I would be remiss if I didn't thank all user of this website for all…Continue

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Tom Berghan replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"Or call up Chris Henriksen of Boston Catlines. He will fix you up with the best type of gut string. You might well love a gut catline (they are like braided gut). Chris makes the best catlines."
7 hours ago
Tom Berghan replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"Chris, what is the scale of the banjo and the exact pitch you are tuning the 4th string to? I will suggest a music-nylon or carbon fiber single for you to try. (the gage)You can order online."
7 hours ago
Chris Prieto replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"Does the shellac change tone or anything like that? I've used nail polish on frayed parts but never ventured to shellac the whole thing."
7 hours ago
Chris Prieto replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"I stretched and pulled on it for about an hour last night and it's deff holding up a lil better. Still tends to go a tad sharp but I am hoping if I hit it with another hour of pulling tonight I will have broken it in. I need some digital…"
8 hours ago
Tom Berghan replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"Plain strings, regardless of gut or nylon, will work just fine on the 4th at low pitch if the vibrating string length is longer (scale) at least 27" and longer is even better. Wound strings were invented (in the18th century) for shorter scales.…"
8 hours ago
John Masciale replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"I use varnished strings, they are much more weather resistant.  If they are not varnished, dip your fingers in some shellac and run them down the string.  You can try using a string that is not quite so fat. You won't get the volume…"
9 hours ago
Strumelia replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"Speaking of pasta... I remember about 15 yrs ago I had real gut strings on all my banjos, including for oldtime playing.  I was camping at an oldtime festival in the Spring, and it was raining and very, very warm and humid.  I woke up in…"
9 hours ago
Chris Prieto replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"Oh, yeah I wasn't too clear I meant maybe the fat gut string was meant for an instrument with slightly longer scale. But yeah I realized the classical sets come with the red or cream colored unwound strings. So I have *seen* one before hehe. I…"
11 hours ago
Strumelia replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"It used to be available in the Aquila Nylgut "Minstrel" set, which means it would work on most banjos in the low minstrel tunings.  You wouldn't need a 30" scale or anything like that... just your usual minstrel low tunings.…"
13 hours ago
Chris Prieto replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"Interesting, did not know there was such a thing. I was thinking maybe it was meant for an instrument with a slightly longer scale or something. The other four jive well."
23 hours ago
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23 hours ago
Strumelia replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"Replace it with a Nylgut unwound 4th string instead of a wound?  I know there are a few out there, though not easy to get.  Call Aquila maybe?"
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Gut 4th string

I thought it was a good idea but it is a pita. Impossible to tune since it's so fat even the slightest twist of the peg send it's sharp or flat and the notes are almost half a step behind all the other strings. Was curious if any of your musically savvy folks had any advice aside from replacing with a wound string. It is really fat so maybe I just need to keep pulling on it and stretching it out.
yesterday
Chris Prieto commented on anthony Derycke's video
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Old Jonny Boker "Joel Walker Sweeney" ...1840...

"And cheers to being a bearded metal head into minstrel music :)"
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Sonny Bryan commented on Chris Prieto's video
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Andrew Leavitt's Jig

"Humm, interesting......I hope he at least had his banjo with him when he was working the stage door."
Thursday
Chris Prieto commented on Chris Prieto's video
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Andrew Leavitt's Jig

"I've pondered myself as he has quite a few tunes. He's mentioned in the monarchs of minstrelsy a few times here's a lil I found about him: "Andy Leavitt was an unusually intelligent performer, and was the author of several negro…"
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Since early 2014
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell Sweeney, Prust boucher, recording king dirty open back

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My name is Chris. I am a web developer from San Diego, CA. I play clawhammer and stroke style. I enjoy eating, drinking beer and riding my bike when not playing the banjo. I also dabble in concertina/accordion toonies.

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At 8:32pm on March 23, 2017, Timothy Twiss said…

You are totally killin' it lately. All your tunes are not getting up here, but members should visit your page. You are totally hitting a stride.

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