Posted by skoobee on Saturday, December 12, 2009
So I fitted me some spikes and bought a capo, so I could finally play in 'Old D' tuning without fearing for the integrity of my banjer.
Naturally, the Nylgut strings and my spikes didn't get on too well, and as a dedicated string slapper, I ignored the warning signs. So once the 5th string went pop (a most glorious but bizarre sound after years of Nickel strings breaking!) I removed the Nylguts and put my Nickel Strings back on.
I appreciate that the tone of a Banjer is one of personal preference, but to my ears, these Nickel Strings are just way too tinny for me! Even after (crime of crimes) slackening off the head just a tad, to mellow out the tone, they're still not what I want.
Straight back on the internet then and a pack (and spares) of Nylguts please!
Love them, or loathe them, to my ears, the Nylgut string is just the only string that makes my Banjer sound properly Old-Timey (or what I perceive to be Old-Timey at least). Anything metal based just sounds like Bluegrass without the picks (IMHO)
But then therein lies the rub! If was to invest in a decent Open-back banjer, would it be the same? I know my cheap Chinese made job ain't no SS Stewart, but it's all I got for now.
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