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Sep 22, 2019 - 5:06:26 PM

rcoolz

USA

38 posts since 10/22/2005

I love John hickmans banjo playing so clean and smooth with melodic runs...does anyone know what. Kind of banjo he plays on several. CDs....it has a real ring to it almost like chimes.....thanks for any replies ...rcoolz

Sep 22, 2019 - 5:23:07 PM

114 posts since 3/16/2008

He played a prewar Gibson conversion when I heard him and talked to him about it in Guthrie. He bought it in the 70s from a guy who had been storing it in a barn. I can't remember if it was a TB-3 for sure, but that's what my memory tells me. I think he made his own neck, as he's also a skilled luthier.

Sep 22, 2019 - 5:38:52 PM
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12149 posts since 6/29/2005

In "masters of the 5-String Banjo" written in 1988, he says, "it's a TB-6 with a neck Chuck Ericson put on it"  He says it's a '29 pot that was still a tenor when he saw first saw it in late 1969, a flathead with a two piece flange. He lists his strings as McCabes  .0095 -.011 - .012 - .020 - .0095.

Sep 22, 2019 - 6:59:22 PM
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3731 posts since 5/1/2003

John was a great picker,he's fought cancer for awhile.
Correct spelling of the band:Byron Berline, Dan Crary, John Hickman.

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:42:35 PM
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rbfour5

USA

984 posts since 11/9/2010

John played a TB-6 conversion; great picker!

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:30:14 AM

70093 posts since 5/9/2007

I've always loved John's playing and the sound of his style 6 flathead.
Don Stover had one of those which got destroyed by airline handling.
Ben Eldridge's "Harvey" was also a 6.

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:56:19 AM

banjoez

USA

2322 posts since 7/18/2007
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Correct me if I’m wrong but I think Hickman’s 6 also had an early lightweight flathead ring in it. I always felt the tone on that banjo was sublime. Someone said that it didn’t have a lot of volume but the tone was amazing. If I remember right Allison Brown bought it from John at one point.

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Sep 23, 2019 - 11:33:32 AM
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Fathand

Canada

11457 posts since 2/7/2008

I was wondering if the subject of this post should read "Berline, Crary and Hickman"?

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:56:33 AM

70093 posts since 5/9/2007

Got to spellcheck "Dan Crary" ,amazing guitar legend and professor of speech at Fullerton.

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:13:09 AM

70093 posts since 5/9/2007

quote:
Originally posted by banjoez

Correct me if I’m wrong but I think Hickman’s 6 also had an early lightweight flathead ring in it. I always felt the tone on that banjo was sublime. Someone said that it didn’t have a lot of volume but the tone was amazing. If I remember right Allison Brown bought it from John at one point.


The 6's fh ring is lighter than the 3# full weight Mastertone ring.

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:20:19 PM
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14807 posts since 2/7/2003
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This band defined bluegrass to me in my early days. Along with Bill Knopf and Hot Off the Press.
Got to be friends with them and especially George, Johns younger brother who played bass in the band. I was building at Fender at the time and George played a Jazz bass.

Scott

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:36:38 AM

70093 posts since 5/9/2007

The poster has the ability to repair the spellings.

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