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Re-frosting head

Posted by RebelRiotBanjo on Monday, February 21, 2022

Ok so 1st thing is, i'm not cheap or trying to find a work around as far as buying a new banjo head goes but, my style of banjo playing has been described as ummm "Unique" I guess is the best way of putting it lol ok so, i've been a musician for 25 years (mainly guitar/bass) and decided to pick up the banjo. I'm a very rhythmic player and often use things not for what they're intended such as the actual banjo head itself. I do all kinds of crazy sh!!@t like actually bang on the head of the banjo and scratch it with my finger nails to make cool sounds in between actually playing the damn thing. It's very kind of "shaky graves" I've been told. The thing is I wear through the frosting on the head of the Banjo very quickly and someone such as myself who practices sometimes for six or seven hours straight in a day I'm blowing through banjo heads like crazy. I definitely need the frosting on it to get the sound I need (especially the scratching) I've heard some good suggestions on this form as far as my frosting goes but I don't want to deaden the sound of the banjo either by putting something on it that's too heavy or thick. I like me some bluegrass twaaaaang. So, I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion of even maybe a clearcoat I can put on a new head before I swap it out again or some thing I can refrost  the bottom half without deadening the sound. Again, not being cheap I'm just a very aggressive and let's call it "different" style of banjo player Lol oh! I'm also an artist and went to art school so I can pretty much paint with anything so any suggestion would greatly help no matter how difficult it might seem;)  thanks everybody I really appreciate it

2 comments on “Re-frosting head”

Texasbanjo Says:
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 @4:39:14 AM

You'd get more reads if you put your information/questions on one of the forums. Few people read the blogs.

My suggestion: Post a thread on the building, set up and repair forum and ask the luthiers and experienced people there what you need to know.

Forums are located on the left hand side of the page. Hover on forums, click on browse forums, click on new topic. Give your topic a subject, ask your question(s) and click on post comment.

Welcome to the Hangout. There's lot of people here that should be able to help you with your problem.

RebelRiotBanjo Says:
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 @11:12:54 AM

Thank you so much!! Just that is a big help and I’m new to this hahaha I will post it to a forum which is what I thought I was doing lol?? much appreciated

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