As someone above mentioned, bridges over 11/16th get iffy. As mentioned above, if you intend to play bluegrass music, you’re probably best selecting a resonator banjo, for the louder, twangier sound most … Weekly newsletter includes free lessons, favorite member content, banjo news and more. Put a small towel or a rag, anything that you can come up with to lay either in between the rod and the underside of the head or just put a towel inside the banjo. The resonator banjo has a closed back, the style affects your playing style. A resonator provides a hard surface for the sound to be reflected back to your audience via the sound holes in the flange (this will be covered in a future article). It has no metal parts to scratch your banjo. karaterick - Posted - 06/25/2014:  11:29:36, WOW! Many of us clawhammer on action that is no higher than bluegrass action and many people do both clawhammer and bluegrass 3 finger on banjos set-up for bluegrass. 3 hrs. Now I would likely use a different bracket for mounting a resonator on your banjo, but those are difficult to buy after market. Doesn't the height of the strings over the fingerboard and head have a bearing? The only one I ever saw was not something I would have bought. Not sure if these are designed in a way where that will work well or not. Tone has to do with many things. We were all free to choose what we liked. You can play clawhammer on a banjo with a resonator (as did many of the great old timers) or you can remove the resonator. The rims aren't interchangeable. Most cheap banjos are open back, which is great for folk and old-time, but less so for bluegrass. But read karaterick's second post that starts "My wife wants to play open back banjo.". !Dan in Minneapolis I cut it three times and it''s still too short. The flange digs into your leg, Like a tube and plate, the flange plate helps produce volume and tone, but some people use just the tube, and therefore, no holes in the rim. I have bought several great banjos through the hangout classified section. She has a cheap Rover we picked up for $100 but I want to get her something nicer. Just my 2 cents....Some resonator banjos (many are setup to play with picks/bluegrass) will have a lower bridge which will make clawhammer more challenging for a beginner. This banjo is designed to convert to an open back banjo quite easily. The only reason I did it is because I'm considering the purchase of an open back (as an upgrade) and wanted to get used to the feel. This is an important point, often overlooked. She probably plays on her lap, or to the side, the rez clips can be sharp edged.The RK25 is a tube and plate, and a tube only openback is my favorite. I know the other flange you mention is.Rex, Bracket bands require removal of material that in my opinion should be vibrating and making music. ELDERLY INSTRUMENTS I would much sooner buy from a Banjo Hangout member than someone on Craig's List. If you build an open back banjo, you will need either bracket shoes or the tube from a tube and plate (two-piece flange) assembly. Most factory banjos come with 5/8ths bridges. - Miles Davis, The problem here is that the Sierra has a one piece flange. Be sure to get a taller bridge if it's not already on the banjo you choose. The advantages of high action are really only important when you reach a fairly high plateau in your playing. 'Tailpiece Mount on Open Back Banjo' 8 min, 'What do you mean by the noun "belief"?' Deering makes some banjos with bracket shoes and some with solid flanges. The openback banjo has no back; there’s nothing there to cover the sound chamber. The first thing you’ll nnotice about the Ibanez B200 is that it has a resonator on the back. I said it was just a Whyte Laydie tonering. Bill Rickard makes great bracket bands. I play an open back clawhammer Romero and when finger picking wouldn't want to go too much higher than the nineth fret. You just don't seem to have understood the first two answers, which basically said what i just said in my first paragraph. You certainly couldn't just stick some random resonator on there. Hi guys. I'm wanting to buy used banjo because I think I can get a little more for my money. Hundreds of quality new and used banjos available. Yes you do get a different sound from a higher bridge, and usually more volume, but for learning you don't need more volume - and you might find your family more happy about your playing at lower volume. All Forums I'm probably wrong but I doubt that the likes of Adam Hurt could make a "bluegrass" type banjo make the sounds that he does with whatever he plays. BTW, it's not necessary to remove the resonator to play old time/clawhammer. Capos Music Store - Posted - 06/23/2014:  10:24:22. I know the quality of the GT, and it is a solid reliable instrument. Sound quality is much more varied.
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