Hi Everyone. I have a very specific need. I am a guitar player who has been using 4 strings (on a 5 string banjo with the 5th string not in use) via alternate tunings that fit each song with success for recording only. My issue is that my sure cheap banjo doesn't stay in tune except for 2-3 frets at a time.
So I was going to spend $1k or so (Orange Blossom) but I've been told by some colleagues that the guitar (6 string) banjos by Gold Tone stay in tune "good enough."
If that is the case, I'd rather get the cheaper guitar version. In addition to alternate tunings I would like to try tuning the 4 strings as a guitar for soloing (since I play guitar).
Assuming I don't need the most awesome bluegrass banjo, do you think the guitar version would suit my needs?
You said “My issue is that my sure cheap banjo doesn't stay in tune except for 2-3 frets at a time.” That sounds like your bridge may be out of place. Google “banjo bridge placement”. That may fix your problem.