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Soon-to-be Yates RS model banjo owner, any opinions?

Posted by beebee45724 on Saturday, September 18, 2010

I just got the pics of Ron Stewart setting up my Yates RS mahogany model with distressed look.  He told me it was a "Hoss" as he described it.  Pretty excited and anxious to get it.



6 comments on “Soon-to-be Yates RS model banjo owner, any opinions?”

banjotef Says:
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @8:17:49 PM

My opinion is...YOU LUCKY DAWG!!! I've seen Ron play his at a live show, at that thing is like a machine gun!

banjotef Says:
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @5:58:57 AM

By the way, why did Ron have a distressed look?

beebee45724 Says:
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @6:46:25 AM

I'm not sure why that is his preference. Maybe it's like high gloss paint versus flat paint for walls. Some people prefer one over the other. They say distressed but I look at it as just a different color of components, still brand new. Honestly, this distressed topic was the least of my concerns. It is all about the tone, which is why I prefer one banjo over another.

banjotef Says:
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @7:14:53 AM

Yeah, my next banjo I'm building is mahogany, and I'm trying to copy the distressed finish.

drewbarries Says:
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @11:43:40 AM

Very nice Brad, already had Emily dancing to this one. She's only 11 months old and even she knows great tone. I know once I get to play it I'll be looking for a buyer for the Janish. Hey I shared with the community the head tunig trick you taught me and it seems to already have caused some strong opinion exchange.

beebee45724 Says:
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @12:08:33 PM

Emily definitely like the music, I can tell by her dancing. Tuning the head properly is one of the biggest "tone-changers" to a banjo. It is amazing how such a slight change is tension, even a few cents worth can dramatically change the tone. Not all banjos require the same pitch on tuning the head, but G# sure does seem to be the sweet spot for alot of banjos.

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