Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

Has anyone used Horsehair or Hemp for strings? The following link is a gourd banjo with Horsehair strings playing the tune “Old Johnny Boker.” I think it sounds great. https://youtu.be/RW9KGlw7n3A

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It does sound good and slightly different than nylgut strings.

I made the strings. I think they have a unique sound. Different than nylgut. They have a very plunky tone. The idea came from accounts in the 1600s and 1700s. They probably would sound better if They were thinner.

So how do you make them?

I take multiple strands of the long tail hair and simply twist them together on a stick. The 1st and drone have 10 strands.

Pär Engstrand said:

So how do you make them?

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