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In Defense Of The Fender...

Posted by blamethebanjo on Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Fender banjo probably didn't deserve being grouped with the really bad banjos.I just never could get any volume from it.

I tried different set ups,bridges, tail pieces anything I could do.The reason I bought it in the first place was the smooth action it had.The frets were starting to show some wear so I let it go in order to buy The Scruggs Standard I have now.

As I opened the case for the first time I pulled back the silky cloth that was laying on top of it.The cloth barely touched the strings and the banjo rang out! I knew I had made the right choice.

2 comments on “In Defense Of The Fender...”

scruggspicker44 Says:
Thursday, January 11, 2007 @7:00:33 PM

Did you have an FB-58?  Cause that is the model Fender that I have and it has the same problem.  I have tried everything to get that banjo to ring with a clear, bright tone.  It just doesn't play like it should.  What is wrong with those people at Fender?  My band members say that it sounds ok, but it won't cut through everyone else during my breaks.  It is soooooo frustrating !!!!!  I am going to get it set-up soon from a guy who they say can "work on banjo's with his eyes closed" and, if that doesn't work, I going to close my eyes and chuck the thing over the hill into the Buffalo Crick !!

Signed: Chris Warnick


blamethebanjo Says:
Thursday, January 11, 2007 @7:47:35 PM

Hi Chris,

Mine was an older Artist model.It was one of their better models.

I played in a band with it and constantly was being told it wasn't loud enough.Sorry to say I doubt you will get much more sound out of yours.

Mine was a beautiful instrument.I don't think Fender cares much about their banjo line or they would deal with their shortcomings a little better. Good luck.                   Darrell.

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