My Instruments: 1989 Dotson Wreath #3 1929 Gibson Style 4 Mahogany TB conversion with Hearts and Flowers inlay and a Steve Huber HR-30 Tone Ring
2007 Richie Dotson RB-3 copy (Dotson name in Headstock) with a Huber tone ring and a ?Special? but secret wood rim. You wouldn?t believe this thing. I laugh when I think of how simple it was to make the change I did and what a great range this banjo has. Rosewood fingerboard on a mahogany and the tone is dry, hollow and has loads of personality ... better volume than any of the other banjos in my arsenal.
2008 Style 3 (leaves and bows) with Huber Tone Ring, old wood rim and a Tim James neck. This banjo is a true Frankenstein, but holy cow, this is at the top of the food chain for the sound I want. Jason and Doug, thank you for this happy, happy banjo accident! This one won't be going anywhere.
8 Japanese imports
1924 Washburn with a retro 5-String neck. Not a powerhouse, but really nice tone. Different from a pre-war Gibson?s slightly complex overtones and typically dry timbre, but spookily close, and I associate that with the octogenarian wood rim.
5 or 6 P.O.J. banjos or parts enough to supply an impaired orchestra of hillbilly pigmies.
Favorite Bands/Musicians: Flatt and Scruggs The Osborne Brothers New Grass Revival The Bluegrass Album Band Nashville Bluegrass Band Bill Evans Bill Keith Ron Block Bobby Thompson Mike Snider doug dillard Ronnie Barnes (my local hero) The Stanley Brothers Doyal Lawson and Quicksilver with Terry Baucom or Scott Vestal or Jim Mills ...well, I guess Mr Lawson hasn't had a bad banjo player, now has he? Anyone else who didn't stop at only 4 chords and one first generation band style.
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