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Joel Hooks
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  • Hollis, NH
  • United States
  • A few years
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Joel Hooks's Discussions

Converse Banjo Bridges Now Available.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Berghan Aug 21, 2017. 3 Replies

New Hooks' Electric Banjo Thimbles.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hugh Strawn Dec 10, 2015. 2 Replies

E. M. Hall's New Banjo Method

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jul 27, 2015. 9 Replies

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Joel Hooks replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Terry Bell
"I've got a neck he made for a rim I had (the rim was from a Flesher kit banjo, I loved the rim but hated the neck). I sent him the size I wanted and pictures of how I wanted it to look and he did exactly what I asked for-- it is my "trick…"
Feb 8
Joel Hooks replied to Wes Merchant's discussion Another Concert featuring Clarke Buehling with the Skirtlifters
"Here is some recordings of a concert from 1990.  Clarke's "Under The Double Eagle" played solo inspired me to try and learn it for the next ABF rally. http://dla.acaweb.org/cdm/search/searchterm/Skirtlifters (BTW, there is a…"
Jan 30
Joel Hooks commented on Timothy Twiss's video
Nov 24, 2017
Joel Hooks commented on Timothy Twiss's video
Nov 24, 2017
Joel Hooks commented on Timothy Twiss's video

Harpers Jig

"Not called "frailing scoop" until fairly recently (late 1960s?).  It is an aesthetic design taken from tack heads. Period documentation (like the now famous "Dobson" silver bell patent) indicate that it was more likely used…"
Nov 24, 2017
Joel Hooks commented on Tom Taggart's photo


"By the time this was built, "C" was the standard banjo pitch (I don't say "tuning" as it confuses "old timey" banjo players).  That is the same as the intervals given in Briggs' just…"
Nov 20, 2017
Joel Hooks commented on Tom Taggart's photo


"Hi Tom, there was no "S. S. Stewart" around 1900.  Stewart and Bauer, and later The Bauer Company made "S. S. Stewart" branded banjos.  That shape of peg head was introduced in the 90s for budget banjos.  Often…"
Nov 20, 2017
Joel Hooks replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Citizen Scientist
"Nope, not the third string-- a "false string" is one that is uneven in thickness and hardness.  It gets thicker and thinner. The third string intonation issue is mostly a problem with 1930s wire strings."
Oct 29, 2017

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Comment Wall (8 comments)

At 10:30pm on November 30, 2008, Tim Twiss said…
Howdy, and welcome!
At 11:16pm on November 30, 2008, Carl Anderton said…
Joel, glad you showed up. I always like hearin' what you have to say.
At 8:16am on December 1, 2008, John Masciale said…
Welcome to this forum
At 9:17pm on April 18, 2011, Greg Adams said…
At 9:19pm on July 23, 2012, Strumelia said…

Thanks Joel.  :)

At 4:32pm on March 29, 2013, Valerie Díaz Leroy said…

I just got your thimbles in the mail today. Thank you for such a speedy delivery! Now, to figure out how to play this beast with the five strings. :)

At 8:10am on April 2, 2013, Valerie Díaz Leroy said…

Joel-You sent me two sets of two picks. But, I think you only charged me for one. Could you please double check the sunshinewave order. And, if you've only charged me once can I send them back to the PO Box on the envelope?

At 5:29pm on January 29, 2014, Teresa M Black-Bradway said…

Is this Tad the banjo player who entertained Texans in the 1880's, between poker games and gunfights?
I was married last May, thus the additional last name. I retired and now live in Clayton, Ok, in the Kiamichi Mountains of the southeast part of the state.
More time for banjo playing!
I am working on frailing lately, but joined this site to see what I could learn re 1800's music.

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