Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

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Comment by Tom Morrison on January 20, 2013 at 11:30pm

Nice!!

Comment by Strumelia on January 21, 2013 at 12:22am

Simple elegance!

Comment by Matthew Mickletz on January 21, 2013 at 8:49pm

I like it!  My kinda style!

Comment by Bell Banjos on January 22, 2013 at 9:22am

Yes Dan'l, I've sold a couple of these and it does come in a kit. The original had other small MOP inlays in the middle of the neck. I only do stars.

Comment by Will Cowen on February 8, 2013 at 12:42pm

Do you have a youtube or otherwise sound sample of this banjo? I'm awfully tempted...

Comment by Bell Banjos on February 8, 2013 at 6:06pm

Hi Will. The sound is great. Very 'present', not hollow, very clear, not muddy. It's a 27 inch scale (tight and loud) like the bigger Bouchers, but the bridge is further back, making the neck a little shorter and very comfortable. The original had a mother of pearl star and that's how I usually do them. This customer wanted a brass one. I have a lot of fun playing these, their sound is right "now." Sadly I have to put them in a box and send them away forever.  :(

Comment by Matthew Mickletz on February 8, 2013 at 6:28pm

I've already pointed it out to my wife for an idea on a future Birthday or Christmas present :D 

Comment by Bell Banjos on February 8, 2013 at 7:01pm

One of the best features of this banjo is that it gives you the ability to hit the 4th fret note in tune, always. See the little 'bump' just before the big bump where the 5th peg is? Just touch your pinky (or ring finger) down on that little bump and you're right in tune. That, and the fact that it's a snappy sounding banjo makes it just plain fun. The original was made by Frank Brawley, Co. G, 6th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in 1862.

Comment by Tim Twiss on February 8, 2013 at 9:57pm

Terry...you gonna have one of these around on the 23rd for us to try?

Comment by Bell Banjos on February 8, 2013 at 11:32pm

I've got 2 in the works.

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