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Old 04-16-2012, 02:29 PM   #61
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I just re-did my home-made banjo. I build cigar-box guitars and had to do a banjo a couple of years ago. I used a PVC sewer-drain pipe for the body and a 1/8" hardwood plywood "head". Turned out pretty well but the home-made frets were never quite right...
I sanded the neck down and did a proper fret job (my first!) and now it plays in tune. I also added a "frailing" cutout near the body so my thumb could freely play the 5th string in that style.


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Old 04-18-2012, 12:08 AM   #62
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hey fitting any type of skin is as easy to do as fitting a Remo. Just requires a bit of forethought. I have made skins from , skin with fur or without, plastic shopping bags laminated together with PVC (worked but not great) &also the best ones I've made are made out of plastic laminating sheets (the type used on posters etc) you simply put it through a laminator before you use it then it is magis as a CLEAR skin or you couild laminate anything you wished between the laminates. I used to have a tutorial for this I'll see if I still have it or at least the pics...













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Old 04-18-2012, 11:05 AM   #63
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Here's the link to the album of pics of my banjo I put up on the Cigar Box Nation site:

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo.../improved-banjo

As far as I know you don't have to register to look.

I'm making good progress with my "clawhammer" technique and I admit I'm Jonesing for a "real" banjo. This one is quite playable, and doesn't sound bad at all.... But it doesn't sound like a real skin-head, open-back banjo.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:09 PM   #64
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Hey Bikewer I like your build, it shows some good skills. You do realise you have the nut for the 5th string on the wrong side of the5th fret dont you?

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Old 04-28-2012, 04:33 PM   #65
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Whats a good banjo strap? I don't know why it's taken me this long to get one. I don't want to spend a ton of money. Less than 50 dollars would be ideal. Suggestions?
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:13 PM   #66
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Whats a good banjo strap? I don't know why it's taken me this long to get one. I don't want to spend a ton of money. Less than 50 dollars would be ideal. Suggestions?
This is the spiffiest one I could find, and it's only 45 bucks: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/acce...369205000115000 Musician's friend is right in your neighborhood, you might even get it overnight, with UPS ground shipping. (free)
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:56 PM   #67
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I've always just used a regular guitar strap.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:11 PM   #68
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This is the spiffiest one I could find, and it's only 45 bucks: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/acce...369205000115000 Musician's friend is right in your neighborhood, you might even get it overnight, with UPS ground shipping. (free)

Awesome! Thanks. I'm gonna snag that one.
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:41 AM   #69
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TooFast I use a womens belt one of those platted ones I paid $4 for it at a second hand store but have seen very similar ones in the cheapo shops for under $15....

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Old 04-29-2012, 11:38 AM   #70
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Didn't realize I'd misplaced the 5th string "nut" (a little brass screw).... However, since the string is only tuned to "G" anyway and I only employ it as the drone..... No harm.

I admit I'm Jonesing for a "real" banjo. Although this one is quite playable, it does not provide the old-time "plunky" sound of an open-back.
Really liking that clawhammer sound and I'm getting better at it.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:30 PM   #71
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So does anyone have any experience with prepared banjo? I've been messing around with stuff, and it's pretty fun.
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Hey FretboardToAsh
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Just make sure she isnt Am, before you give her a good plucking.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:09 PM   #74
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[QUOTE=Bikewer]Didn't realize I'd misplaced the 5th string "nut" (a little brass screw)....

Bikewer you could just take the screw/5th string 'nut' out of the banjo totally & the 5th string still should 'fret' properly on the 5ht fret itself.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:03 PM   #75
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So I have a banjo. How do I play it.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:51 AM   #76
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:39 PM   #77
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I'm a clawhammer(frailing) player. I play a (Deering)Vega Woodsongs Long Neck and a Gold Tone WL-250.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:20 PM   #78
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I wanna learn clawhammer. Think that's what I'll do this week.
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Old 06-14-2012, 04:38 PM   #79
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There's plenty of resources available. I got both "The How and Tao Of Old-Time Banjo" and "Rocket Science Banjo", both of which are free downloads and have supplemental materials on YouTube.
As well, there's the Banjo Hangout page and forum, with plenty of good advice, tabs, videos, etc.

I'm just beginning to really get the clawhammer "feel" down, and am able to throw in drop-thumbing and double-thumbing techniques pretty well. However, it's taken me months...
I can do a pretty fair "Old Dan Tucker"...
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I've never been able to get into clawhammer. Whenever I try, I always feel like it's not nearly as fun as playing bluegrass banjo.
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