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Dec 9, 2019 - 9:40:03 PM

TorbenV

Australia

10 posts since 12/5/2019

Easiest thing in the whole wide world,

loosley roll up a piece of toilet paper/tissue and place the roll under the strings, up against the bridge...

you can play around and get a reeeealy nice plunky sound out of the banjo,

great for strumming and old-timey minstrel sounds :)

i worked this out by remembering seeing Johnny Cash roll up a $1 bill and put it under his strings.

im having a heck of alot of fun right now haha


ps- i had Nylguts for a while, yesterday, i switched back to steel + this rolled up tissue.

steel and cotton, alll day long, baby!

Dec 9, 2019 - 9:46 PM
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csacwp

USA

2518 posts since 1/15/2014

Real gut strings are very bright. They don't sound like Nylgut.

Dec 9, 2019 - 10:20:52 PM
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2276 posts since 3/30/2008

(TP under the bridge), ..sounds like an idea well worth flushing out, or flushing down, ,...or flushing somewhere.

Dec 9, 2019 - 10:27:29 PM
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53257 posts since 12/14/2005

Dec 9, 2019 - 11:20:26 PM

TorbenV

Australia

10 posts since 12/5/2019

hahaha pretty much how i started with the idea :D

Edited by - TorbenV on 12/09/2019 23:21:06

Dec 9, 2019 - 11:28:01 PM

TorbenV

Australia

10 posts since 12/5/2019

I see my banjo in the way of the movie quote-
(jokingly)
"This is my banjo, there are many like it, but this one is mine-
without it, i am nothing.
without me, it is nothing."

iv strummed and plucked every part of my banjo, knocked it with my knuckle, all over, so see what sounds come out of it,

any new way i can think to play and get new sounds out of it, ill give it a try!

im fascinated by the banjo, and am loving every second of learning its many unknown secrets :)

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:14:27 AM
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TorbenV

Australia

10 posts since 12/5/2019

-if only you can resist trying the Holy Toilet Paper... join us, life will be... complete..

*chanting, while covered in TP*

"one of us, one of us, one of us!"

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:35:46 AM
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6574 posts since 8/28/2013

I'm glad you've found a method for wiping away any tonal crap.

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:01:48 AM
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Paul R

Canada

12053 posts since 1/28/2010

I use a length of string/twine. Since it's tied to the bridge (I've since switched to the tailpiece), it can be used or not, according to how you want your banjo to sound. Nylon/gut strings - wrap it through. Steel strings - pull it out and let it hang loose.


 

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:30:39 PM
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4927 posts since 9/21/2007

Pardon me, is seems that the general conjecture is that gut strings sound like muted wire.

This is so far from correct I almost did not even comment on this topic.

This muting of wire that is recommended does not change the elasticity of it (or lack thereof). It is my opinion that gut (or nylon) are so different in feel, how they are played, and tone color that it is almost a different instrument from one strung with wire.

These are all great ideas for muting or changing the tone of wire strings.

It does not compare to gut or nylon.

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:05:38 PM

TorbenV

Australia

10 posts since 12/5/2019

Jesus christ, guys,

its an idea for a different sound..
-your all so anal about being accurate in your knowledge,
so well read, so very... by the book.

Perhaps experiment and see what new techniques you can invent!

(How did Earl Scruggs end up with his 3 finger style??

-thats right, he read on Banjo Hangout that it wasnt 'the correct way'

-so he said:
"pffff! what a boring bunch..
im going to try it, anyway!"

..He did allright..


hahaha

Dec 15, 2019 - 7:09:56 AM
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4927 posts since 9/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by TorbenV

Jesus christ, guys,

its an idea for a different sound..
-your all so anal about being accurate in your knowledge,
so well read, so very... by the book.

Perhaps experiment and see what new techniques you can invent!

(How did Earl Scruggs end up with his 3 finger style??

-thats right, he read on Banjo Hangout that it wasnt 'the correct way'

-so he said:
"pffff! what a boring bunch..
im going to try it, anyway!"

..He did allright..


hahaha


There has been SO MUCH misinformation over the years about gut/nylon that we are just now starting to get away from it.

One of the biggest myths that was perpetuated out of historical ignorance is that gut was "quiet" or "soft" in tone.

Forgive us for being sensitive when people post that muted wire string are the same tone as gut.

I think that we all support you in your experiments with muting for different tones and wire strings. 

Edited by - Joel Hooks on 12/15/2019 07:10:22

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