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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 Chris Prieto May 24. 12 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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Hard Times - Briggs Banjo Instructor

Playing the Briggs on the Sweeney minstrel banjo
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Andrew Leavitt's Jig

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Andrew Leavitt's Jig

"Somehow I missed this one. Great playing!"
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"Oh yeah that makes sense, one of mine is plain Maple. Still sounds good tho :) I love the sound too, big rumbly in the belly. Like a big top circus"
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Chris Prieto replied to Meade A. Breese's discussion Bell Banjos
"I am fairly sure he uses oak on the rims and uses maple for the necks. I am currently building an oak neck and it's a heavy rock like object. Solid like rock. I don't use power tools and it has been a challenge. Hopefully it sounds nice…"
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Chris Prieto replied to Meade A. Breese's discussion Bell Banjos
"Some silky flame right thar!"
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Gourd Banjos 11 & 12

"And they sound great too!"
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Gourd Banjos 11 & 12

"Thanks Sonny! Wood I been getting from Home Depot, Rockler and a local lumber shop. Gourds I get from wurtz farm in AZ. I have an Etsy shop and sold two last month! I am also mid way two other five stringers that should be nice. I will be loading…"
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Gourd Banjos 11 & 12

"Your "gourds" are looking great! Where have you been acquiring your wood? Locally? Are you growing the gourds? Man, you are cranking them out and again, they look awesome. Do you plan on selling any?"
Jun 19

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Google
How long have you played banjo?
Since early 2014
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell Sweeney, Prust boucher, recording king dirty open back

Hello There!

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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