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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Amp settings nice electric banjo sounds

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huffmana009 - Posted - 01/24/2018:  19:31:06

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how the banjo could be used in such a way to create a unique sound that was electric but still uniquely banjo (think b.b. king sounding). Open to new ideas I have a gold tone bg 250 banjo with a pick up, but when plugged into an amplifier it can still make some funky sounds, although not necessary pleasant ones.

pearcemusic - Posted - 01/25/2018:  05:10:13

I use an SM58 capsule mounted inside the Banjo thru a small mic pre into the amp. Reverb EQ and compression are all I use to shape/alter the sound

steve davis - Posted - 01/26/2018:  07:41:40

Start with a good pickup like fishman,Jones,etc. that will give you an excellent banjo tone then add electronic stuff for whatever electric sound you are looking for.

If you play through something like a Lace pickup you'll get an entirely electric tone with no hint of banjo tone such as Buck Trent's Porter Wagoner days.

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