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My search for a 17 Fret Banjo for Irish Music!

Posted by Ptarmigan on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I have recently been exploring the world of 17 Fret Tenor Banjos & after initiating a couple of threads on the subject & checking all existing threads here & elsewhere on short necked Tenors, I finally made up my mind.

So just for the record ~ money has now changed hands! & I am now one step closer to owning my first 17 Fret Tenor Banjo.

In the end I've gone for this Vega Style X No. 9 

I'm sure this Banjo will be well set up when it arrives, so it'll be all down to me, to get back into shape for it. Thanks again for all your helpful tips. Cheers Dick

3 comments on “My search for a 17 Fret Banjo for Irish Music!”

Rob MacKillop Says:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @2:12:17 AM

That's a great-looking banjo. My Vega F is quite boring by comparison! I probably won't get it for a week as the guy is waiting for my cheque to clear, and I only posted it today. So you might get yours before I do...Looking forward to having a tenor. I'll have to get my plectrum technique in gear - it's a bit sloppy just now.

Ptarmigan Says:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @3:18:25 AM

Hey Rob, don't 'fret', it can't possibly be worse than my fingerstyle! ;-)

Feo Says:
Thursday, February 4, 2010 @7:23:16 AM

I play my 17 fretter alot ....but the intonation's never been happy in the Irish tuning - fat strings - it seems to be happier in higher pitched tunings with thinner strings. Good luck with yours !!

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