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The Prust Minstrel banjo

Posted by John Herrington on Sunday, February 8, 2009

Perhaps because I'm definitely a Senior Citizen, or because I have an unorthodox streak in me, or because that banjo is just really a great instrument, but whatever, The Prust banjo has truly won my heart! I'm actually a sucker for great sound and this thing has come alive for me. Let me tell you a little about the banjo.

I put on the set of Nylgut strings that Eric sent me with the Banjo and have tried different tunings, mostly low. The other day I took it down to an open "C" tuning and thing just came together. The notes are clear...and DEEP! I just can't keep my hands off of it. It is truly an extension of myself; I have been playing every older tune I could remember on it and boy is this fun. Of course the slides are grand (why else would you want a Minstrel banjo), but pull offs are so expressive and hammer ons also.

One of the things that truly gratified me was its response to old time gospel tunes like Precious Memories, Hold to God's Unchanging Hand, There's A Land that is Fairer Than Gold (Sweet Bye and Bye), and just about anything else you could name. I have to come to think that "minstrel banjo" is a mispelling; it should be "ministerial banjo."  };->)

I've even tried a little Spanish music in sort of a folksy way...great.

Thanks Eric Prust for this fine instrument!

Try one, men. It will fill your heart with love and best wishes.

Old John on the Bighorn

2 comments on “The Prust Minstrel banjo”

rinemb Says:
Sunday, February 8, 2009 @6:11:58 PM

I think the second banjo I owned was a Prust, definetely my first fretless.  And, you can't beat the price.  I see he has added more styles and upgrades, now.  Brad

John Herrington Says:
Sunday, February 8, 2009 @6:52:22 PM

He is a great guy to deal with, also, Brad. Even his "best" models are still inexpensive. John

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