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I am receiving a banjo. Can you help me learn more about it?

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Dec 4, 2019 - 8:20:20 AM
3 posts since 12/4/2019

I have attached 3 photos of the banjo that I will be receiving. I have never played the banjo and very excited to learn. Can you tell me anything about this? I could not locate this exact banjo online, but I may have not been specific enough in my search. Thank you for your time everyone. I truly appreciate it.




 

Dec 4, 2019 - 8:35:55 AM
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This looks to be a very basic starter instrument. If I were to guess it was made in Japan sometime in the early '70s. It may serve well as an instrument to begin on. It will probably need some adjustment (what we call setup) to put it in good working order.

Dec 4, 2019 - 8:45:47 AM
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53852 posts since 12/14/2005

Welcome to the hangout.

it is a banjo which is near the lower end of price range, but it looks like a nice example.

Where are you?
Since there are over one hundred thousand members,min fifty nations around the world, you might be near someone who can give you more help than we can online.

Setting it up properly at the beginning will make it sound and play as best it can.

Here is a chart of what the various parts are called.

When you get the banjo, measure from the NUT to the 12th FRET.

The BRIDGE should be as far from the 12th fret, as the fret is from the nut.

Here is a video for what notes the strings should be tuned to:

https://youtu.be/0O1hV0Ko7-M

Dec 4, 2019 - 8:48:31 AM
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4619 posts since 3/22/2008

Looks to be a Kay banjo to me. When you receive it check to see if there is a piece of tapered metal between neck and rim which is a patented Kay feature.

Dec 4, 2019 - 8:53:15 AM

3 posts since 12/4/2019

quote: Thank you! I am in Kingsport, TN :) 
Originally posted by mike gregory

Welcome to the hangout.

it is a banjo which is near the lower end of price range, but it looks like a nice example.

Where are you?
Since there are over one hundred thousand members,min fifty nations around the world, you might be near someone who can give you more help than we can online.

Setting it up properly at the beginning will make it sound and play as best it can.

Here is a chart of what the various parts are called.

When you get the banjo, measure from the NUT to the 12th FRET.

The BRIDGE should be as far from the 12th fret, as the fret is from the nut.

Here is a video for what notes the strings should be tuned to:

https://youtu.be/0O1hV0Ko7-M


Dec 4, 2019 - 9:17:16 AM
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John_J

USA

874 posts since 12/23/2007

Suggest you navigate over to the left column here, click on MORE, then click on Member Search,
type in Kingsport, TN into the proper places and click on 'helping'.... You'll find 8 people in Kingsport that will be willing to help you with your setup, tuning and generally get your started on your journey.

Have fun.... JJ

Dec 4, 2019 - 9:20:36 AM

3 posts since 12/4/2019

quote:
Originally posted by John_J

Suggest you navigate over to the left column here, click on MORE, then click on Member Search,
type in Kingsport, TN into the proper places and click on 'helping'.... You'll find 8 people in Kingsport that will be willing to help you with your setup, tuning and generally get your started on your journey.

Have fun.... JJ


Thank you so much! I am brand new and already loving this website. :) Very helpful. I am very excited to learn.

Dec 4, 2019 - 10:13:51 AM
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53852 posts since 12/14/2005

You don't need to click on the green arrow and quote someone's entire answer, in order to reply.

Just scroll down to where the box says "Compose Quick Reply"

And please DO post a close-up photo of where the neck meets the body.

Dec 4, 2019 - 11:55:11 AM
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mtnpckr

USA

1841 posts since 1/21/2003

You are in the Tri cities so search that and Bristol and Johnson City. As well as Kingsport, and don’t forget Bristol va. Good luck, I am in Bristol but health issues keep me from offering help.

Edited by - mtnpckr on 12/04/2019 11:56:28

Dec 5, 2019 - 6:44:26 AM
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3345 posts since 3/28/2008

East Tennessee State University in Johnson City has a bluegrass program. It's run by Dan Boner. Contact them and I'm sure they can suggest a good person to do banjo setup.

etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass/

Dec 5, 2019 - 7:07:11 AM
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53852 posts since 12/14/2005

AND!

"Johnson City, TN" is mentioned in a slow, easy song for beginners to play on banjo.

WAGON WHEEL   https://youtu.be/1gX1EP6mG-E

G, A minor, C, G

overandoverandoverandoverandoverandover......

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