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Back To The Barrooms

Posted by Roll Player, written by Merle Haggard and Dean Holloway

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Size: 2,229kb, uploaded 11/18/2009 3:54:59 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This has been done a lot better by JD & his band, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway. The banjo is my old Fender Artist with an xnavyguy Spillway Dam bridge. I did all the vocals and instruments, so there's no one else to share the blame.

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Big City

Posted by Roll Player, written by Merle Haggard and Dean Holloway

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Size: 1,995kb, uploaded 2/24/2010 1:26:58 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I always thought this song would sound good as bluegrass. I did all the parts so I'll take the blame if it doesn't. I used an Ashbory bass, Kentucky mandolin and my 93 Scruggs with one of xnavyguy's Hybridge Spillway dam bridges.

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Big Spike Hammer

Posted by Roll Player, written by Bobby Osborne - Pete Goble

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Size: 4,471kb, uploaded 7/17/2012 11:03:34 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Warts and all (i.e. crappy singing, coming in early on the last chorus, etc.), this is my contribution to the post-a-thon for this song. Recorded with a Tascam PR10. Singing while picking my RK80 with Bart Veerman Dark Star Bridge. 2nd try uploading

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Blue Moon of Kentucky 1

Posted by Roll Player, written by Bill Monroe

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Size: 2,063kb, uploaded 6/14/2014 12:22:56 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Recorded on my RK85 using a Sullivan Roasted Maple bridge and Eric's backing track for background

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Blue Moon of Kentucky 2

Posted by Roll Player, written by Bill Monroe

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Size: 2,062kb, uploaded 6/14/2014 12:25:27 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Recorded on my RK85 using a Steve Davis Compensated roasted maple bridge and Eric's backing track for background

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Dark Star bridge sample

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Size: 1,079kb, uploaded 7/10/2012 11:29:52 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is a sample of Bart Veerman's new Dark Star bridge design on my RK80. It was recorded with a Tascam PR10 digital recorder after the bridge had about 7 hours of seating time.

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Davis bridge sound clip

Posted by Roll Player

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Size: 409kb, uploaded 2/7/2012 8:47:34 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This is just some noodling to demonstrate the sound of a Steve Davis compensated bridge on my Frankenbanjo (Washburn neck & flange with Jerry Rabun helix-style rim, 1st Quality tone ring and RK resonator). There are no effects or EQ used on this recording.

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Defogger Breakdown

Written/Posted by Roll Player

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Size: 1,126kb, uploaded 5/12/2009 8:49:49 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Written, performed and recorded by Art Horan. I wrote this tune in honor of the infusion of clarity given my el-cheapo Hondo by xnavyguy. He made a stainless steel tone hoop for it and installed it. It now sounds like a real banjo. Nice tone, with a clear ring but not an awful lot of volume. Hope you enjoy!

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Defogger Breakdown v2

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Size: 1,128kb, uploaded 7/29/2009 1:35:32 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Written, performed and recorded by Art Horan. This was recorded with my modified Washburn B14 that xnavyguy built a Helix style Mesquite rim for. It also has a higher quality tone ring, and Jerry has modified the resonator to allow the pot to sit deeper within it. He also removed the slick finish from the inside of the resonator.

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Down The Line

Posted by Roll Player, written by Wayne Winkle & Craig Market

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Size: 2,683kb, uploaded 2/17/2011 9:42:42 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is all me and my multi-track clones. I used my "Frankenburn" banjo for the first 1:50 and my Scruggs Standard for the final minute of the song (the 2nd break to the end.) The Scruggs is fitted with a Don New Bigfoot bridge and the Frankenburn with a modified Stew-mac bridge that Jerry turned the feet on to run parallel with the strings. The mic used on all tracks was an AKG Perception 120.

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Fireball Mail with Hotspot bridge

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Size: 1,081kb, uploaded 1/20/2013 4:01:20 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Fireball Mail with Virgil Lawson's BHO bridge

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Size: 1,178kb, uploaded 1/20/2013 4:03:16 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Fireball Mail with Virgil Lawson's BHO bridge the next day

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Size: 1,039kb, uploaded 1/20/2013 4:04:22 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Fox On The Run

Posted by Roll Player, written by Tony Hazzard

 

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Size: 3,319kb, uploaded 5/17/2013 10:06:33 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Recorded this in 2001 with my band at the time, the Blackland Prairie Boys. I'm singing tenor and playing a '93 Scruggs. Lead singer & guitar is Marty Roberts, Ken Brown on dobro, and Clayton Elliott on bass and singing baritone.

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Ground Hog on Davis beech bridge 1

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Size: 1,096kb, uploaded 7/23/2013 6:09:36 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Recorded on my Gibson Scruggs Standard

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Ground Hog on Davis beech bridge 2

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Size: 1,140kb, uploaded 7/23/2013 6:12:42 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This time with lowered tailpiece position. This was also recorded in a different location, possibly affecting the overall volume and tone.

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Head tapping

Posted by Roll Player

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Size: 67kb, uploaded 7/3/2011 9:33:16 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Excerpted from another file, this is a bit of head tapping with my fingertip about 2" in from the edge of the head with strings muffled and compared to a picked G# note on the 4th string.

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Home Sweet Home on 3 bridges

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Size: 2,336kb, uploaded 2/28/2013 12:51:37 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Here are 3 recordings of Home Sweet Home combined into one file, done on my RK80 with 3 different bridges. One bridge weighs 2.4 grams and the other 2 weighs 2.3. One of these is the hollow bridge made by Virgil Lawson, the other 2 are well-regarded standard bridges. Can you pick out the hollow bridge?

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It Amazes Me (excerpt)

Posted by Roll Player, written by Honi Glenn (Deaton)

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Size: 1,497kb, uploaded 12/11/2010 1:18:41 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

The "dobro" here is actually a muted bottlecap banjo played with a slide and a makeshift nut extender raising the strings.

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Sample - Birch plywood Davis bridge

Posted by Roll Player

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Size: 244kb, uploaded 1/20/2015 5:10:46 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

A little bit of Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms played on a 70's Gibson RB250 belonging to Jerry Rabun, aka xnavyguy. It has a Tony Pass Rim in it and an unusual bridge made of birch plywood with a bubinga cap that Jerry had Steve Davis build for him. Aside from the unusual (oddball) materials, Jerry also had Steve shift the string slots off center towards the treble side. Our theory here is that the shifted string slots result in a more pronounced note attack.

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