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I'm gonna mess with that 6-string

Posted by Mr. Disco on Friday, March 7, 2008

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-- All this Edward Dick and Goldtone Banjola buzz has got me to thinking that since I'll never discipline myself to learn to play the guitar properly, I might as well mess with the Yamaha 6-string to string and tune it to play banjo. 

-- And I can use 6 strings and a spike and get a 6-string banjo out of it.  Heck, when I finally get my hands on a cheap 12-string, I can really get nutty.

My Yamaha has an interesting family history anyhow.  I might as well add to it.  The one brother-in-law (wife's younger bro) was teed I took it from the mother-in-law's cottage at the end of the season because it had been there since the sister-in-law divorced her first husband 15 years ago.  He'll flip when he sees I've undone the open tunings I was using to play slide and totally funked it up for banjo.  He wasn't crazy about me playin' slide on it and not tuning it back standard for him.  I got the fragility of the neck lecture.

It's strung with super slinky guitar strings 1 though 5 and an 11 I had sitting around for the 6th:  11-15-22w-30-42-11.

 At first I really liked the extra bass string at G.  Now, every time I hit it it seems out of tune until I tune it -- at which point it's perfectly in tune for a moment.  It plays nice.  I'm working on a Bach Minuet on it.  -- Nice because it's not painfully obvious I'm playing a guitar if I'm not strumming chords.  -- Closer alignment of the strings is especially challenging on the single string stuff because getting the fret finger out of there clean is critical to cutting off the sustain.  -- Good fun.


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