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My Blackjack is a 2004

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hi all, I have a 2004 Blackjack with a compensated, .656 Snuffy Bridge and a Waverly tailpiece.  The rest is stock. 

I bought the banjo from The Gibson Showcase in Nashville.  After playing a considerable number of banjos off their "banjo wall", this is the one I couldn't put back.  I played banjos from all over Nashville and this one beat them all.  I've never regretted my decision for a moment.

Back in 2007, after flying home from IBMA, I opened my case to find that the airline(Southwest) had broken the neck!  I sent the banjo back to Gibson and Ed Weber, who built it originally, made a new neck that was better than the original!  All is well now and I've been playing it ever since.

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Playing Since: 1966
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

Interests:
[Jamming] [Socializing] [Helping]

Occupation: Design Engineer

Gender: Male
Age: 63

My Instruments:
Gibson Blackjack - 2004
Gibson RB-250 - 1974

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Bela Fleck, Ron Stewart, Ron Block, Alan Munde, Doug Dillard, J.D.Crowe, Sammy Shelor.
And, Oh yeah, can't forget Earl!

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Created 5/6/2007
Last Visit 1/17/2017

My first exposure to Bluegrass was when my family went to see the Dillards at the Ice House in Pasadena, Ca. I was 10 years old and my dad went up and talked to Herb Pedersen and asked him if he would give me some pointers. Herb sat me down, put his banjo in my lap and taught me the in and out roll. From that moment on I was hooked.

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