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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: My uncles gibson mb1


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ian tofte - Posted - 03/31/2020:  06:43:37


I have my uncles mandolin banjo which he left to me after he passed away I've kept it as it is for some years out of respect for my uncle but now fill it would be good to use, which means I'm thinking of converting it to an A scale 5 string fot its 10.5 pot I feel torn about this and would like opinions, it's been on Greg Earnest s site.

earnestbanjo.com/gibson_banjo_...920-4.htm

kyleb - Posted - 03/31/2020:  07:18:43


If you want an a scale 5 string you can find an old Vega or super tone , Buckbee it something similar than less the price of a new neck for this. I wouldn’t bother converting it. Keep it as is.

Culloden - Posted - 03/31/2020:  07:37:00


If you do decide to convert it to a five string make sure to keep the original neck, tailpiece, and case.

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 03/31/2020:  07:58:31


I would want to keep it as my uncle played it (I am a sentimental sort, though). If you wish to use it, just learn to play it a little bit. It's not that hard to learn a few mandolin chords; I, IV, and V will get you a long way, as many tunes use just those three chords.


Edited by - G Edward Porgie on 03/31/2020 08:01:00

Banjo Lefty - Posted - 03/31/2020:  07:58:59


Why does everybody always want to change things? Keep it as is and learn to play it, or, if you don't want a mandolin, sell it as is and buy yourself something else with the proceeds.

ian tofte - Posted - 03/31/2020:  08:15:23


OK thanks, I already play mandolin and I don't intend to sell it and I would not lose or separate the mandolin neck, its not a good fit to play in a bluegrass jam to loud for one and I just don't like see it getting dusty in a case.

Alvin Conder - Posted - 03/31/2020:  08:34:02


I would keep it intact. Way too easy to lose things like necks, cases, tailpieces and the like and it really does not add to the value to convert to a five string. Though these really do make nice five string banjos....tough decision and I get your point.

As you already play Mandolin, figure a few novelty tunes to play on it if you keep it intact. It was your Uncles, preserve it for a future Family members no matter what you do. If you convert it. Make a clearly printed note and place it in the case that other parts go with this instrument and they are located _________.

One never knows that a possible mid-21st century Banjo Mandolin craze may hit the world.

All the same, very nice to be a musician and have an instrument from a family member.

banjoman56 - Posted - 03/31/2020:  08:58:17


If you would play it when converted, it would be much better than it sitting in the case being of no use. Instruments were made to make music and they should be used for that purpose. Convert it and enjoy it. It's not like these old banjos are sacred or something. It's yours, do what you want with it.

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 03/31/2020:  11:13:02


quote:

Originally posted by ian tofte

OK thanks, I already play mandolin and I don't intend to sell it and I would not lose or separate the mandolin neck, its not a good fit to play in a bluegrass jam to loud for one and I just don't like see it getting dusty in a case.






So don't play it in jams. Save it for solo work or for a different ensemble sound, orr use a mute and play it at those jams or string it with single strings instead of pairs. 



It could make a nice change in many settings from the usual mandolin sound.

ian tofte - Posted - 03/31/2020:  11:22:37


So one of the reasons behind making an A scale neck is my grandson who's nine has shown an interest in the banjo and is quite good already with what he's been shown. I feel this is a good way of keeping interest in it in my family, the mandolin can be re assembled with is mandolin neck at any time if required so wouldn't be lost.

banjoman56 - Posted - 03/31/2020:  11:37:50


Absolutely and IMO, that's why you should go for it. Get that grandson picking while he is interested. It's far better that he becomes interested in music, than for him to get lost in the video craze that is going on among young kids these days.

Stephen John Prior - Posted - 03/31/2020:  12:30:32


quote:

Originally posted by ian tofte

So one of the reasons behind making an A scale neck is my grandson who's nine has shown an interest in the banjo and is quite good already with what he's been shown. I feel this is a good way of keeping interest in it in my family, the mandolin can be re assembled with is mandolin neck at any time if required so wouldn't be lost.






Great idea Ian. Attached photos of a A scale conversion neck using an early Gibson (Kraske) MB pot. One of my Grandsons was showing an interest in the banjo, he liked this one a lot and so do I. I'm just so pleased he has such good taste. Sadly i don't get to play if much anymore, even less now in isolation, but it's always a treat when i do get my hands on it. The neck was made from an old maple larder shelf reclaimed when my friends demolished their old house. I particularly like the patch of olive oil stain from the necks previous incarnation. The English Elm table is obviously not from Ikea but made from an ancient English pub brew house Stillion.


Edited by - Stephen John Prior on 03/31/2020 12:41:05


AGACNP - Posted - 04/01/2020:  15:02:06


Mr. Prior,

I like the table top almost as much as I like the banjo. The grain reminds me a lot of American chestnut...

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