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Nov 16, 2019 - 2:46:59 PM

SBPARK

USA

330 posts since 2/25/2011



Nov 16, 2019 - 2:56:05 PM

960 posts since 1/26/2011

Earl....

Nov 16, 2019 - 2:59:32 PM

52859 posts since 12/14/2005

It's called
"Associative Magic"

IF you have some THING which is associated with the Hero, you may acquire some of the HERO'S mighty qualities.

Why else pay more than $19.95 for shoes associated with a basketball player, or buy breakfast cereal with a picture of an Olympic champion on the front?

If I thought, for a MOMENT, that having Earl's name on my banjo would actually make me a better player, I'd order a roll of labels from a print place, and redecorate that Asian import MERCILESSLY.

Nov 16, 2019 - 3:07:19 PM
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SBPARK

USA

330 posts since 2/25/2011

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

It's called
"Associative Magic"

IF you have some THING which is associated with the Hero, you may acquire some of the HERO'S mighty qualities.

Why else pay more than $19.95 for shoes associated with a basketball player, or buy breakfast cereal with a picture of an Olympic champion on the front?

If I thought, for a MOMENT, that having Earl's name on my banjo would actually make me a better player, I'd order a roll of labels from a print place, and redecorate that Asian import MERCILESSLY.


I've just never been a fan of "Artist" models where the the artists name, signature, etc. is visible. Fender does this a lot with their artist models where they have the artist's autograph on the front of the headstock. Can't stand that and have always thought that it looks cheesy. I in no way think having an artists signature or name on my guitar or banjo will make me a better player or I'll inherit some magical mojo! I am not a very good player and don't want anyone to think I in any way believe that I'm 0.001% as good as the best banjo player to have ever lived. 

Nov 16, 2019 - 3:38:40 PM

2736 posts since 5/29/2011

I would go with a mother of pearl truss rod cover. But, that's just my preference.

Nov 16, 2019 - 4:00:13 PM

SBPARK

USA

330 posts since 2/25/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Culloden

I would go with a mother of pearl truss rod cover. But, that's just my preference.


Mother of pearl would also look very nice, for sure. I jsut did a google search for a Gibson banjo truss rod cover and came across a Gibson prewar truss rod cover replica and figured it would be a nice replacement. Here's a picture of a real prewar truss rod cover on the left and the replica on the right. 

Nov 16, 2019 - 4:00:23 PM

SBPARK

USA

330 posts since 2/25/2011

Nov 16, 2019 - 4:17:28 PM
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52859 posts since 12/14/2005

.................................

 

"AIEEEE! The clone! THE CLONE!!"

Nov 16, 2019 - 4:22 PM
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52859 posts since 12/14/2005

"Yessss, my preciousss! The CLONE!

Why ELSE would I dress like a madman???"

-O. Gibson-

Nov 16, 2019 - 5:53:28 PM

230 posts since 10/23/2010

I've also never been a big fan of having an Artist's signature visible on an instrument, even when it's the great Earl.
I'd use the black replica cover, and save the original.

Nov 16, 2019 - 6:48:05 PM
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RioStat

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Banjo heads should be white.....and truss rod covers should be black

Nov 16, 2019 - 7:21:43 PM
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rbfour5

USA

1009 posts since 11/9/2010

Who cares what others think- do what you want; you can even leave the truss rod cover off.

Nov 16, 2019 - 7:33:29 PM
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21 posts since 7/13/2010

Go with the Earl cover.

That way you can tell people he owed you money, and you ended up taking his banjo in trade. Do it with a straight face, too.

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:23:36 PM
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12355 posts since 10/30/2008

Don't let it get separated from the banjo! Someday it might be important. If you don't care for it, flip it over and hide the name.

Personally, I would be proud for people to know it's "real".

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:34:44 PM
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GStump

USA

294 posts since 9/12/2006

Then entire hero worship thing is about half silly. Do i wish I could play better? Of course I do. Do I wish to play like Earl? NOT really... kinda' sorta maybe possibly perhaps. but it's NOT really wanting to play like Earl, but to play as WELL as Earl. See the difference? I also never cared for the signature models or something with someone else's name on it, Be it E.S., S.O., J.D. C., .... never mind, I'll not name names. (note i DID use initials! HA HA!!) Face it - that WILL NOT make you play better. Having said that, I do suggest there may be a mental aspect to this line of reasoning; therefore, IF someone thinks it may make them play a bit better, then they may, in fact, subconsciously, play with more attention, try harder, practice more, and so on and so forth. SO the name has accomplished it's purpose. Oh, and the endorser gets a buck or two for each one sold... don't forget the importance of the almighty dollar....

Nov 16, 2019 - 9:22:47 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

10780 posts since 6/29/2003

I had a 1998 ESS which I didn't like the signature cover. I sanded the signature off and painted the cover white. It looked much better.

Nov 16, 2019 - 9:28:38 PM
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SBPARK

USA

330 posts since 2/25/2011

quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

I had a 1998 ESS which I didn't like the signature cover. I sanded the signature off and painted the cover white. It looked much better.


I just replaced mine and put the original in a plastic bag and stored in the compartment of the original case. Might come in hand if I ever lost my mind and decided to sell the banjo. 

Nov 16, 2019 - 9:34:01 PM

95 posts since 2/20/2004

I turned mine over.

Nov 16, 2019 - 9:35:16 PM

HarleyQ

USA

3040 posts since 1/31/2005
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It's just part of the banjo, and not an add-on. No different than taking the emblem off your "Kenmore" dryer.

Nov 16, 2019 - 11:02:08 PM
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1936 posts since 1/16/2010

I think it looks cool with his name on it. I’ve got a ‘63 Scruggs Vega with his name on it, and also a 2000 Gibson Golden Deluxe with his name on the cover...that’s the way they were built...why change it?

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:03:24 AM

SBPARK

USA

330 posts since 2/25/2011

quote:
Originally posted by HarleyQ

It's just part of the banjo, and not an add-on. No different than taking the emblem off your "Kenmore" dryer.


Sort of...more like if your Kenmore dryer was endorsed by Earl Scruggs and had his signature all over the dryer.

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:46:34 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23479 posts since 8/3/2003

It's your banjo, if you don't want the ESS on the cover, I agree with the others: turn it over, take it off, repaint it, whatever.

However, if you do make changes in it, be aware that if you decide to sell it, any change may affect the value of it.

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 11/17/2019 04:47:03

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:13:11 AM
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223 posts since 4/10/2008

I left mine on, but he is the only one I would allow to have his name on my banjo

Nov 17, 2019 - 7:10:27 AM

205 posts since 7/28/2019

Way back when I found a truss cover with a copy of Earl's signature. I put it on my ESS. I like it. Not sure where I got it though.

Nov 17, 2019 - 8:01:39 AM

1359 posts since 2/10/2013

I don't place much value of most commercial endorsements. I place more value on the comments from individuals who have used instruments built by different individuals/companies. Talking to sales people working for large musical distributors can provide useful information. Elderly Instruments has provided me with this type of information.

Nov 17, 2019 - 9:12:09 AM

1931 posts since 10/9/2004

No worse than having a football jersey with your favorite player on it. Doesn’t mean you have or even aspire to their level of excellence necessarily - just putting on your sleeve - or headstock - a name you respect and/or admire. Most folks are just gonna realize it came that way. .02 (Not sure if that last was my two cents worth or my BAC last night.  Just thought I’d say it before somebody else did.wink)
Quagmire

Edited by - Quagmire on 11/17/2019 09:15:12

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