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Playing Since: 2012
Experience Level: Just Startin'
Banjo; Fender FB-54,
StewMac kit banjo bought used needs a little tlc but plays just fine
I like just about everything.
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Bought a used banjo to keep at work
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @11:32:23 AM
I bought a used archtop to keep in my locker at work instead of banging around the instrument in my truck driving back and forth. I don't know what kind it is but the price was reasonable I hope. We'll just stick with that. Got a hard case with it. It sounds pretty good. Needs to be set up again. Looks like the bridge was removed and it needs new strings. For now it's playable. I'm overall happy with it but I'll put some time into it to get it better.
I put up photos for anyone to look at. If you know what kind it is let me know. I'm curious.
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|patrick martin Says:|
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @9:42:22 PM
I have a nearly identical banjo that I bought from Stutzman's on Ridge Road. It is a 70s Stewart-MacDonald (StewMac) kit that somebody put together. It has the same star on the head, is an archtop and has identical flange metal with no truss rods going through the body as yours depicts. Mine, however, has a clear head and different fret markings; it is loud, bright and more demanding as the action seems lower and the strings slightly closer than my main banjo (a Samick-SB3...no snickering allowed).
Friday, August 10, 2012 @6:02:45 AM
Thanks Patrick. I had a couple responses from a forum post I put in the collectors corner. They also lean toward StewMac kit. I find it easier to play vs. the Fender FB-54 I am using now. I have more room for my fingers on the fret board (the strings are wider apart) and seems like less pressure is needed to make contact with fret. However I need to make sure I place my fingers close to the fret to get that good contact.
I just started this banjo playing thing so I really can't compare quality or ease of play except for these two instruments. I bought this solely to keep at work but who knows the Fender could be the one that stays there.
Friday, August 10, 2012 @6:14:23 AM
Oh Patrick, is that StewMac you have heavy ? Like 30 pounds or more ? This one is a real anchor.
|patrick martin Says:|
Friday, August 10, 2012 @7:02:59 AM
It is definitely heavy. I take mine to work sometimes as well though my locker doesn't fit any but the smallest banjos. My buddy and I sometimes play in the parking garage after work; the acoustics are great in the Carter street garage at RGH.
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