For enthusiasts of early banjo
Made this for a friend. Testing it out.
Excellent. It must be quite satisfying to build it....AND play it.
What scale length di you make it from nut to middle of head, Chris?
What tuning do you like for it?
lil T-rex arms... my laugh of the day! =;-D
With a slightly shorter scale like that, I'm guessing you have the Nylgut "Minstrel Set" on rather than the Nylgut "Classic set". The minstrel set is just a bit heavier so will work better for the shorter scale for you. A slightly shorter scale helps on gourd banjos which will give you some peace of mind for when you crank it up to E/A. I also find on gourd banjers that once you go over a certain tension on the strings (and assuming your pegs hold) you suddenly fall off a cliff in losing resonance...doesn't happen as much on hoop banjos. It's kind of creepy really how drastic the sound change is, you get this ominous feeling that something's gonna give... then when you back off and go a bit lower the rich resonance comes back right away. That's been my experience, anyway. The gourd tells you to 'cut it out' in no uncertain terms, like a donkey it'll just sit right down and refuse to cooperate.
You got that Menzies on Ebay? Cool I was looking at that. Yeah Jeff usually puts the classic set- I suspect because newbies want to tune up closer to oldtime tunings which puts a big strain on the strings -and the thinner classic set can handle that better.
I switched my Menzies gourds to the Minstrel sets. I have the classic set on two non-gourd banjos that I can use in oldtime sessions and tune right up to A and D oldtime tunings without capos.
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