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Overwhelming urge to play the banjo, good beginner banjo?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Fretting out, Oct 5, 2020.

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  1. Fretting out

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    do any of you guys have an overwhelming urge to play the banjo?

    I certainly do!

    Do any of you that do play have a recommendation for a good beginner banjo?

    Anything from used to new will do

    Edit: 5 string is the beast that’s clawing at me
     
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    I was very close to pulling the trigger on a 6 string banjo not long ago.

    I enjoy the idea of using instruments in a completely "wrong" context - bluegrass instruments for alt-rock or punk, for example.
     
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    bluegrass or old-time?
    budget?
     
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    A 6 string "banjo" is not a banjo....
     
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    More on the bluegrass side

    Probably around 5-600 dollars maybe up to 8 , seems like there’s a good amount available in this range

    I was thinking about getting an older (70’s,80’s) mij or maybe one of the cheaper deerings
     
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    Edit: Sorry I couldn't resist. I also get the urge to pick up other instruments, especially stringed since I already have some of the requires coordination. Can't say banjo has ever made my list though but mandolin, violin, cello etc have peaked my interest.
     
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    Lots to be careful of in that price range. Join Banjo Hangout, and there is probably another banjo forum who's name I forgot. Some of the old Ibanez/Aria Pro ll/Alvarez banjos, basically the "Lawsuit" versions are good, the ones constructed like the old Mastertones, still a bit tough to find and pricey; the Gold Star brand began in the 80s and those are very nice; new ones introduced in the 2000s (?) are good, older ones better.
    Trying for a banjo that sounds like one and doesn't break the bank will be a project.
     
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    Gold Tone Orange Blossom Special and up, although I've not handled or played one personally.
     
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    It’s funny you mention Alvarez, one popped up on reverb for $150, I thought “this is the one” I looked around a little bit then went back to it and the price had jumped to 700

    I’m trying to do a little research to make sure I’m on the right track
     
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    The local store had a mid range gold tone that I was close to buying but it felt like it weighed about 15 pounds

    That was the only banjo I ever picked up so I wasn’t sure if that’s normal or not
     
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    Many of the ones I mentioned
    from that era are junk. Be careful
     
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    The weight comes from a master tone style tone ring, a meaty maple rim, and lots of metal hardware, so, yes.
     
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    Take a deep breath. Now, think back to your childhood -- who hurt you so badly you want to punish everyone around you?
     
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    The deering goodtime banjo is the universal starter banjo, every other answer is wrong.
     
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    Can you pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time? And then reverse it, pat your stomach and rub your head? That’s what it like playing banjo.
     
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    Well, not with that attitude.

    We have 9 string extended tuning guitars. 6 strong banjos can be a thing. If it quacks like a duck and all.
     
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    I don't think you know how a drone string works, then.
     
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    Not with the budget that the op has identified it isn't.
     
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    banjohangout.org, good resource of 60k+ banjo nuts to help you sort it out. There's a lot more instability and setup requirement with a banjo.
     
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    4 String banjos don't have drone strings either, so I'm not entirely sure what point it is that you're trying to make.
     
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