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Trio of Fiddle Tunes-Stroke Style on a Fretted Banjo.wmv

A set of tunes from the fiddle repertoire. Durang's Hornpipe, Fisher's Jig, and Jake Bacchus' Jig. Fisher's and Bacchus' are found in the Buckely Book. This was from the short time I had my hands on a fretted banjo...a Luscomb. Still Strokin' it...even though it was fretted. Makes the high altitude songs a little easier. It had a sweet tone that really would let the overtones ring out in a favorable way...kind of chimey or something. Anyway, I enjoyed it. It helps bridge the concept of what the fretless banjos grew into...smaller, higher, fretted, and more complicated music.

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Comment by Paul Draper on December 7, 2011 at 12:48pm

Really nice!  btw are those Nylguts?

Comment by Tim Twiss on December 7, 2011 at 1:28pm

Thanks Paul. Yes they were...they make a special classic set.

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 9, 2014 at 8:16pm

I thought the Luscomb had a nice "shimmer" here, the way the notes rang. I wish I owned this. What are other good fretted banjos to get? I may be shopping.

Comment by Andy Chase on April 9, 2014 at 8:35pm

If you're not averse to new/Asian instruments, Eastman is making a pretty nice reproduction of a 1902 (I think) Fairbanks Whyte Laydie that I've been drooling over lately. (Played clawhammer style by Adam Hurt here.)


I'm getting the itch to try some of the classic style stuff (hence my recent question about guitar style) and am planning to put nylon strings and a proper bridge on my Saga SS-10, which was my main clawhammer axe for years before I got into the minstrel stuff.  It's on the "high end of the low end" but it's got a sweet tone and nice action, and looks nicer than a lot of its peers.

Comment by Rob Morrison on April 9, 2014 at 9:54pm

Andy--My wife made the mistake of leaving me alone at Vintage Instruments in Philadelphia for a couple hours, and a very simple, plain Haynes fretted  banjo with no tone ring followed me home.  I keep it in A/E tuning, and it plays and sounds soooo good.  And it didn't cost all that much, either.  I play it on my "Big John McNeil" video. 


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