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Tommy Makem banjo setup

Posted by BobLusk on Thursday, May 6, 2010

Does anyone have knowledge of what type of setup Tommy Makem had on his Vega longneck.  It looks to me like Grover guitar tuners.  Wondering about strings, tailpiece, head, etc. Did he use a sliding 5th string or RR spikes? picks?

  While I'm asking, I'm also curious as to what type of head Pete Seeger used on his.  Frosted? on the inside or outside? 

Any responses appreciated.

2 comments on “Tommy Makem banjo setup”

mainejohn Says:
Friday, May 7, 2010 @4:29:04 AM

Like most folk singers who played Vega or Ode longnecks back in the late 50's/early 60's, Tommy's Vega was set up with Grover Rotomatics. He also used an Oettinger-style tailpiece, a sliding fifth capo, and what appears to be a standard frosted-top Remo head. I'm pretty sure he used fingerpicks. I'm going from photos I've seen of him. I saw him live just once, back in 1962.

pastorharry Says:
Monday, November 30, 2015 @7:12:56 PM

Pete used fyberskin heads on his banjo.

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