Posted by sam fugate on Friday, February 17, 2012
Update on my banjo shopping adventures. After traveling all over the state and then some trying on banjos for fit and function, I came up with a solution to my banjo shopping woes. I figured, since I am a tinkerer I would look around for the right parts to put a banjo together that would suit my needs. A kind of experiment out of curiosity. I Bought a mid 90's Gibson Rim and Tone ring and a Gently used Wyatt Fawley mahogany neck and resonator. A used Snuffy Smith III bridge and used tuners and I have wound up with a nice looking and Great sounding banjo.
While I was shopping for Rings, Rims etc. I had the dilema of trying to decide which ones to actually purchase. so I did the only logical thing, I bought the two that I liked most. Which leads to the end of the story. I am building a second banjo and with the expert help of Arthur Hatfield I think we will come up with something pretty nice. Arthur is building a new neck and resonator for me and will be doing all the setup work.
Bottom line, could I have bought a complete banjo for less money ? Yes probably so. but I would have missed out on the enjoyment of getting to know a bunch of good folks that I have bought parts and pieces from. And not to mention the satisfaction of owning a pretty nice banjo (or two) to boot.
Friday, February 17, 2012 @7:32:28 PM
good job Sam----You are absolutely right---Good luck and happy pickin'
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