#1
I play an Ibanez Rg470, I am wondering if there is any pedal that can make it sound like a banjo, as I am into bluegrass, but not into spending hundreds of quid.

Anyone point me in the right direction?
#2
You could always just pick up a banjo. It'd probably be a similar price to trying to mould your guitar tone.

Although, if you're insistant, those Roland pickups you can buy are really cool for the banjo sounds. Although they look ugly as hell when mounted on your guitar.
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Hmm, I've seen Acoustic Simulator pedals, but never a banjo one.
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I play an Ibanez Rg470, I am wondering if there is any pedal that can make it sound like a banjo, as I am into bluegrass, but not into spending hundreds of quid.

Anyone point me in the right direction?


Try just playing your guitar like a banjo, you'll be surprised how many people don't give a crap what instrument you're playing as long as the notes are right. Try not to use too much colloquial English around here, it confuses all the poor Americans.
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#8
A British person...wanting to play bluegrass...through a pedal?
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A British person...wanting to play bluegrass...through a pedal?

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A British person...wanting to play bluegrass...through a pedal?


Im british and like bluegras playing, isnt that wierd
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#11
Hell, me too. Good playing is good playing, as far as I'm concerned.
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#12
I guess it's as weird as me liking Surf, though I live near the Beach. Bluegrass and country, you don't really think of them as leaving America.
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#13
Ever heard of buckethead? He has something that makes it sound exactly like a banjo. He uses it in the song hog bitch stomp. Its amazing, look it up. I dont know what he uses exactly, ill look it up for you if ya want.
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Thanks for the info. Still a funny word though.
#15
I heard a guy with a saxophone and trumpet pedal the other day. Heard him playing taps and the horserace theme on a trumpet and I turn around and it's a damn telecaster.
#18
The only thing I can think of to suggest is to buy a delay (I use a Boss DD-6) and dial in the setting to a slap-back delay while playing on your bridge pup on your amps clean channel. Finger picks might help to to get that really twangy-ish sound.
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#21
its not a true banjo, but they make a 'bangitar' six stringer same as guitar, but not really a real banjo. it gets the sound but not the concept. the fifth string is a much shorter scale than the others and when fingerpicked it is used. that is part of the sound. if you want to learn a new instrument do it right. buy a banjo. they aren't terribly expensive.
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#22
I sold my banjo for $175 on Craigslist within the last year because I wasn't playing it. It was a decent banjo too with a case, though it was strictly acoustic. But if all you've ever played is guitar it's not like you can just pick up a 5-string banjo and play it. The tuning's different and that 5th string doesn't even go all the way up the neck to the nut.

There are six-string guitar/banjos you can buy for not much more than a good pedal costs which are actually tuned like a guitar but sound like a banjo. Get one of those plus a set of fingerpicks and you might be in business.
#23
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Try just playing your guitar like a banjo, you'll be surprised how many people don't give a crap what instrument you're playing as long as the notes are right. Try not to use too much colloquial English around here, it confuses all the poor Americans.
"poor Americans", is that what the Arrakins call us? I thought the actual Englanders referred to us as, "upstart colonists"!

That being said, and despite being American, I know that, "a quid is a pound the world around". (Sorry for the derivative poetry).

You had to know quite a bit of British slang to suffer the early Genesis albums. Waste of effort learning it, IMO....

At the OP, I know it's tough on E-1 strings, but try tuning it to G above middle C. That's a very salient source of the 5 string banjo's distinction. Other than that, perhaps a ring modulator and envelope filter with out of phase pickups, on a clean channel. It won't really sound like a banjo, "homage" would be a better term. Banjos "plunk", those effects should kill some of the guitar's sustain.

(Accept my apology is I've mis-attributed the "poor Americans" quote to you).
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#24
Roland VG-99 V-Guitar System.

You can make a banjo sound or have a full string section backing