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Playing Since: 2007
Experience Level: Purty Good
John Herrington has made 1 recent addition to Banjo Hangout
WL250 Goldtone (love this frailing banjo!),
Home made mountain banjo, Prust ministrel banjo, and large gourd banjo that I made.
Most recently, an old restored Buckby and an Enoch Tradesman
Jim Conner(played frailing banjo with the New Kingston Trio and John Denver)
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Last Visit 3/28/2013
Been playing the banjo since 2007, advanced beginner, clawhammer style, and a little 2 finger picking. Played the guitar most of my life as well as the fiddle. The banjo utterly fascinates me. I am starting to build gourd banjos (for sale). Muzzle loading rifle building is a rather advanced hobby, completing rifle # 63 this week. sell them on order.
I first went the route of old worn out tenor banjos and just couldn't get very excited about them. Finally after listening to a man play a little on a 5 string Fender banjo and seeing the excitement on his face, decided this is for me. I went back in a couple of weeks and bought my first 5 string, a FB54 Fender with case. I walked out of that store and the journey had begun. 'Course a lot of folks told me the thing was an "Asian banjo," leaving me a little ashamed for ownging an inferior foreign product. But I kept on playing this fine "inferior" banjo, or should I say learning to play it.
I moved up to the Gold Tone WL250 after a while, and have really enjoyed it. Strange, though I dropped the Fender down to "E" tuning and it really sounded fine. Makes a man wonder how much politics enters the world of banjo, doesn't it?