For The Beginner And Expert Player
Questions, Comments, Facts And Everything Else About The 5 string Banjo
What is the difference between a 5 string closed
back banjo and a open back banjo?
The closed back banjo which has a resonator attached to the back of the banjo, Is usually used for bluegrass music the 3 finger Earl Scruggs style of
playing the banjo. The resonator reflects the sound from the back of the banjo back out the front, usually channeled around the edges of the rim of the
resonator through the the flange. On the open back banjo models the sound is sent straight out of the back of the banjo. And has a little deeper tone.
The open back banjo is usually used to play the frailling style or the claw hammer style of banjo picking..
What is the difference between maple banjos and
Maple is is a harder or denser wood and reflects the sound making the instrument slightly louder.
The mahogany ones seem to absorb some of the vibration and will usually have a little mellower tone.
Both woods are very popular in the construction of banjos. And it is mainly a personal preference to the type of sound
you are looking for.
Brass tone rings? What do they do and what is the
difference between them.
There is basically 2 different types of tone rings that are installed on banjos. First there is what can be called a brass hoop ring or a
a rolled brass tone ring. This is a small brass ring about a half of a inch in height, and is installed directly under the banjo head.
As you vibrate the banjo strings the head vibrates and the brass ring placed directly under the head also vibrates.
This small brass tone works fine but still doesn't compare to the larger brass tone ring, which is quite heavy but has more vibration.
Works like a tuning fork. The larger tone rings come in a variety of models. There are some custom made tone rings that can cost up to $300.00
or more. But for the beginner banjo player or even the intermediate player the small ring will work fine. The extra weight of having a 17 pound banjo
around your neck or laying in your lap while you are trying to learn banjo rolls and chords may make it a little more difficult, For the beginner banjo picker.
What is a planetary tuner?
A planetary tuner is the tuning knob located at the top of the head stock. The planetary tuner come out of the back of the head stock.
These are geared tuners, and are preferred over other types of tuners. You can adjust the tension of the planetary tuners by holding the knob
and tighten the screw located on the end of the the knob. This will allow little or no movement in the tuning gears, and will help keep your banjo in tune.
What is a banjitar guitar banjo. The banjitar is a hybrid instrument half banjo half guitar. The head stock and the neck is just like a guitar.
While the base of the guitar banjo is just like a regular 5 string banjo. It has 6 strings instead of 5, and is tuned like a guitar.
The correct tuning for the banjitar is a s follows 1st E 2nd B 3rd G 4th D 5th A 6th E. The banjitar has become very popular
recently, various groups are recording using the guitar banjo.
What do you think about Morgan Monroe banjos ? They
are a excellent banjo when properly setup just like other brands. The key
to get the most out of your new banjo is proper setup. The Morgan Monroe banjo line is a very good brand of banjos. From the cascade to the
Everest the foggy mountain series are of excellent quality and value. The rocky top series which include the Morgan Monroe MNB 1 banjo
and the MGB 1 Morgan banjo have many features only found on higher priced banjos. You can't go wrong with a Morgan Monroe Banjo.
The Mastercraft Banjo is our Premiere line of
banjos. We are the exclusive deal for the Mastercraft brand of banjos.
They are a excellent choice. We offer 15 models from beginner banjos to the intermediate banjo and the top of the line elite series banjo. ..
Banjo Hut Reviews
Mastercraft Model: Mastercraft Classic Series
Date Of Purchase: 06/12/2006
What Do You Think About Your Banjo: I'm extremely pleased!!!!!
Are You Happy With Your Purchase: Yes
Comments : The Mastercraft Classic Mahogany is a great instrument. I received it as a gift and couldn't be happier. Set up was perfect. The tone is excellent! Thanks so much!
received my banjo today and I wanted to thank you.
It is a beautiful instrument and im looking forward to learning to play it.
I have a desire to play it for God in church, and I appreciate you tuning it and having It ready to play.
I was impressed with the service I got and will keep you in mind for any future purchases.
Thanks again and God bless, Dave
Thank you Paul for the great deal. The banjo Is A-1. I was pleasantly
surprised that the banjo arrived with a gig bag, tuner, strap and finger
picks (didn't expect all the accessories), also the banjo was set-up
exceptionally well. Have an nice Memorial day, and thanks again.
Hey you guys were fast and I'm very please with the
banjo and expect to enjoy many hours with it. I have
been practicing every day and getting better all the
time. Thanks so much.
Hiya. I normally wouldn't
do this, but I love your banjo and I'm one comment away from 20 positives
so if you could rate me as a buyer I'd appreciate it very much. Keep up the good banjo making work, I really do enjoy it!
Just received my new banjo (Johnson JB-100) and wanted
to thank you for such a great set-up on her. I
realize this is an entry-level beginner's model
(perfect for me and my budget), but you've done such a
great job as the action is sweet and low and the
intonnation is fantastic. The packaging was great and
she arrived in perfect condition.
I searched all over the web looking for values. There
are others in this price range, but your set-up and
excellent service made this such a phenomenal value,
I'm elated! (the book and DVD look perfect as well-God
knows, I'll put them to good use)
Thank you so much for your help!
It was great talking to you a few weeks ago about your
banjos. I really like the Mastercraft bluegrass in
sunburst maple that I purchased from you. It really
sounds great. Thanks for the quick shipment too.
Next time I'm down in Western Carolina I'll make it a
point to stop by your shop and introduce myself.
I purchased a Morgan Monroe Everest from you two months ago. I didn't receive any warranty registration paperwork with the Banjo, so I assume that you had already turned it in for me. I love the Banjo. The set up was perfect. I was wondering if you know if the warranty covers the Gold plating? The arm rest has already worn through. I am an amateur that only plays around 30 minuets to an hour a day. This just seems a little pre-mature to wear through so quick.
If you think it would be covered under warranty, would you know who I should contact about it?
Dear Paul and Kathy,
am completely surprised and thrilled to have received the MasterCraft
Classic for my birthday. I am wondering however, how I should attach the
strap to the banjo without damaging it. Is there some site I can visit or
someplace I can find instructions on strapping the banjo?
Paul, I received my Mastercraft Player Deluxe Banjo
package from you several weeks ago. I have been meaning to write to let you
know that I am very pleased with the appearance, quality, and sound of the
banjo and its accessories. The "You Can Teach Yourself Banjo" book and DVD
are also the best I have seen for getting started. I agree with your
assessment that it is the perfect package for the beginning player. Alan
Hi I recently purchased a Banjo...a Johnson JB300 from you and it arrived
yesterday....Thank you its great....Banjo's are not so popular up here in
Massachusetts and the music stores have mainly guitar straps and accessories
....Considering this Johnson JB300 Banjo is a heavy Banjo I would like to
puchase a nice strap for it that would be good for this Model...do you sell them &
could you make a recommendation to me....also could use some information
on how I should attach the Strap....I'm just a beginner as you can see.... also
I would like to buy some extra strings....was wondering how many strings come
in a package and I'm thinking of Earl Scruggs Medium Gauge strings??. Any info
on this would be greatly appreciated.
I am 51 years old and always wanted
to learn to play the banjo.
I got a wild hair started looking and ordered a package from you all.
I got the Master Craft player deluxe.. It came today..............WOW I LOVE IT!
What a suprise it is really a pretty banjo and feels very nice in my hands as does the action.
I already play a guitar and this banjo feels great.
I am very happy with my purchase and your speed of service. Ordered it Monday and it got here Thursday.
You were a great find excellent prices and service. Now all I got to do is learn how to play it! HAHA!
Thank You all from the bottom of my banjo pickin heart!
I haven't been this excited in a long time. Not to worry I'll send any business I can your way.
I was looking at your web page do you
sell strings, picks, parts and what ever else one might need?
Do you have a catalog you can send me? Thanks Again!
Just letting you know we bought a Bean Blossom for our 15-year-old for
Christmas and he absolutely loves it.
You are to be commended for excellent customer service, rapid shipping
and for selling a very nice product at a reasonable price.
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