Posted by Stev187 on Monday, March 17, 2008
My custom Chuck Lee arrived yesterday, and I love it. Below is a video taking just after I got it out of the carton:
In the car, I dreamed up this silly little rhyme based on the "how old are you / you live in a zoo / you look like a monkey..." version of "Happy Birthday."
Happy Birthday to me
I got a Chuck Lee
It's a fine consolation...
For turning forty!
Actually, I don't require any consolation for turning 40. I actually think it's pretty cool.
But my Chuck Lee banjo is cooler. It's going to take a while for me to settle in with it; when I do, I will write a review. Here are my initial impressions. I will not mention cosmetics here because the thing is just flawless. These are all about playability and tone:
I'll be updating with my thoughts. Oh, and Chuck asked to put my little video on his web site. I wish I had done a better job playing--maybe he'll let me update it later.
Monday, March 17, 2008 @4:09:36 PM
I couldn't see that close enough. Need to hear it better, too. Send it to me for a better review, ok? I'll get it back to you... sometime... maybe.
Monday, March 17, 2008 @11:21:10 PM
I was mesmerized by the nice tone. I can hardly wait to see the banjo you'll get when you turn 45 (or maybe 42?).
Studebaker Hawk Says:
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 @8:58:16 PM
I said it before and I'll say it again, we're living smack-dab in the middle of the golden age of banjo building. Beautiful five-string you got there... and you REALLY know how to play it, too. Very cool!
Banjo Rob Says:
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 @5:44:26 AM
Congratulations on the new banjo! It looks really awesome. Is the fingerboard mesquite as well? Whatever it is, it has a really clean look. The walnut is very pretty, also. I'm wondering about the scoop and the shape of it. You referred to a mini-fret when drop thumbing. Is that due to the curvature of the line in the scoop itself? I think that's what you're talking about, but can't see it too clearly in the video.
I also appreciate your detailed notes on the banjo. That stiff action must be nice. And the differences in tone as far as what finger you play with was interesting. As a newbie, I'll try that myself.
Enjoy! Keep us all posted as you find more out about the new banjo!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 @6:50:42 PM
Beautiful combination of Walnut and Mesquite. Chuck does wonderful work...and you'll do the instrument justice as you play so nicely. Happy belated Birthday Steve !!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 @9:38:03 PM
Thanks for the comments on Cookie the Boston. She is a real sweetheart. She's about 7 now. I rescued her from a not-so-great situation when she was about a year and a half old. I can't take her to work, but she's at my side the rest of the time.
Happy B-day, and congrats on the new banjo. Its a great looking one, and as always you play it fantastically.
Happy Birthday to you
You got a new ban-joo
It looks really nice
And sounds pretty cool too!
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