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What is the BEST, Affordable Mastertone Style Bluegrass Banjo Today?

Let us introduce you to the Gold Tone Twanger! For Decades a variety of instrument manufacturers have attempted to capture the magic of the Pre World War 2 Gibson Mastertone Banjos.  Many have taken it a step further and attempted to produce an affordable version of these magnificent “Pre War” Banjos.  Some have succeeded. The […]

1936 Gibson Original Flathead PB3 Conversion Banjo

1936 Gibson Original Flathead PB3 Conversion Banjo IF INTERESTED CALL 404-218-8580 This is an all original pot for a PB3 with an original flathead tone ring.  The banjo was converted to a 5 string so the neck is new.  However this is an all original pot and this is in fantastic condition. The original finish […]

What are “John Holmes” Stingray Bass Pickups

In the early days of Music Man up until roughly half way through 1977 Music Man pickups had pole pieces or magnets that extended down into the body.  These long pole pickups absolutely produced a different sound than the pickups with magnets that were flush against the bottom of the pickup casing.  The name that […]

What is a Music Man Radio Knob Stingray Bass?

1976 Music Man Stingray Bass Radio Knob Pre Ernie Ball B001976

What is a Music Man Radio Knob Stingray Bass? In 1976 Leo Fender and George Fullerton launched what would become a revolutionary design for the bass guitar known as the Music Man Stingray Bass.  In 1976 many of the Stingray Basses and guitars featured Radio Knobs instead of the knurled metal knobs that became standard […]

What is the Best 5 string Banjo under $1000? Why?

With certainty the Recording King Banjos are the best banjos that can be acquired for under $1000.  And they have some models like the RKR85 Elite that are beyond exceptional and only a few hundred dollars more. The Recording King Banjos come from the brilliant mind of Greg Rich.  He came into Gibson in the […]

Should I Refinish my Banjo?

One of the most common questions I get is “should I refinish my Banjo?” There are differing opinions but there are also realities to banjo finish.   The new coat of finish will absolutely make the banjo look better but it can also kill the harmonious sound that banjo once produced.  The science behind tone and […]

How to Use a Metronome with 5 string banjo

How To Use A Metronome The metronome will help you increase speed and play with the correct timing, particularly when learning new breaks or solos. You may want to have your banjo and a metronome handy. As you read through this, if you have had any of the following experiences, a metronome can help: 1. […]

Playing 5 string Banjo Clearly Above The 18th Fret

I discovered the challenge of getting clear notes above the 18th fret when recording and having muted notes, the wrong notes and even no notes just the percussive sound of the string hitting the next higher fret. One thing that affects the sound is the challenge of getting the left hand fingers between the frets […]

Classical Teaching Method vs. Folk Teaching Method

There have been two main types of music instruction methods over the years – the Classical Method and the Folk Method. I. The Classical Method has been used for hundreds of years in Colleges and Universities and is used today to teach piano and orchestral instruments such as violin, trumpet, flight, clarinet, etc. Millions of […]