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Feb 20, 2020 - 2:28:29 AM

jdluke

Italy

1020 posts since 4/21/2004

Hi all, despite my location,( i'm from Italy ), i have had the opportunity during years, to play some walnut banjos and everytime they impressed me for the great note separation and clean tone, what do you think about ?

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:17:55 AM

341 posts since 7/28/2016
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I currently own 2 walnut banjos and I have to agree with you. I also love the way it looks as furniture. We had a butcher block island made in our kitchen that is made out of walnut. Just oiled, no other finish needed.

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:31:32 AM
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Eric A

USA

441 posts since 10/15/2019

Well, that's good to hear because I'm currently working out the purchase of a banjo with a walnut rim and neck.

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:22:06 AM
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14961 posts since 2/7/2003

Many builders prefer walnut for their personal instrument. To me walnut has the best points of maple and mahogany in one banjo

Scott

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:50:52 AM

128 posts since 9/27/2007

I think your assessment of walnut is right on target. I purchased a wanut (rim & neck) banjo from the Nashville Banjo Co. last fall. The tone is fantastic, it's more balanced from top to bottom. Yes, note separation is better. I highly recommend walnut.

Feb 25, 2020 - 5:29:21 AM

jdluke

Italy

1020 posts since 4/21/2004

quote:
Originally posted by gbisignani

I currently own 2 walnut banjos and I have to agree with you. I also love the way it looks as furniture. We had a butcher block island made in our kitchen that is made out of walnut. Just oiled, no other finish needed.


yes

Feb 25, 2020 - 5:30:23 AM

jdluke

Italy

1020 posts since 4/21/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Eric A

Well, that's good to hear because I'm currently working out the purchase of a banjo with a walnut rim and neck.


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Feb 25, 2020 - 5:34:06 AM
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jdluke

Italy

1020 posts since 4/21/2004

quote:
Originally posted by desert rose

Many builders prefer walnut for their personal instrument. To me walnut has the best points of maple and mahogany in one banjo

Scott


there must be a reason !
 
Feb 25, 2020 - 5:47:44 AM
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wizofos

USA

5388 posts since 8/19/2012

quote:
Originally posted by jdluke
quote:
Originally posted by desert rose

Many builders prefer walnut for their personal instrument. To me walnut has the best points of maple and mahogany in one banjo

Scott


there must be a reason !
 

Some  reasons may be that walnut is easy to work and it is hard to screw up when finishing.  I am lucky to have a lot of walnut available locally so for me I use what it readily available.

Feb 25, 2020 - 7:43:47 AM

14961 posts since 2/7/2003

Actually walnut is a bear for many to work with and the finishing is hell for those not used to open pore woods, no, the LIKE factor is performance as I mentioned in the builders Ive discussed it with, and I strongly agree.

And YES it looks amazing when done. For me Ive been in the electric guitar world for four decades and all that 5A and 6A figured and flamed maple ... Im bored with it, but walnut I LOVE

Scott

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:40:14 AM
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12657 posts since 10/30/2008

The classic Fender Artists and Concertones of the 1970s, and the Baldwin/Ode Cs and Ds were only in walnut. And they were considered the best factory banjos of the period and were very popular. It wasn't til Gold Star came out with the terrific Japanese made 100 series of flat heads that were all in mahogany, that the market began to change or broaden. Then the Gibson Scruggs came out in maple, and all the old choices were in the market again by LEADING factories.

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:10:14 AM

10520 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by desert rose

Many builders prefer walnut for their personal instrument.


Deering's Greg Deering Limited is in walnut -- decorated with abalone and ivory/black purfling the same as Stelling's Staghorn.   I think you made one like this, too.  My absolute favorite look. I like the combination so much, I redecorated an old parts banjo to match.

Unfortunately, it's not my best sounding instrument. I'm not sure, but I think it's because the neck lacks mass. Guy I brought it to for original fretting and finishing in the 80s thinned it down beyond the size I delivered. Easy playing, for sure, but has always lacked something no matter what pot it's attached to.


Feb 25, 2020 - 4:45:42 PM

14961 posts since 2/7/2003

Hi Kem

Yes Ive done a few like that, I love tha look too.

I have never had a walnut banjo that wasnt outstanding sounding. Ive used the JLS, Tennessee 20 and Crowe rings all with very good tone on a walnut banjo... and Tony Pass rim

Scott

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:04:09 AM
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10520 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by desert rose

I have never had a walnut banjo that wasnt outstanding sounding. Ive used the JLS, Tennessee 20 and Crowe rings all with very good tone on a walnut banjo... and Tony Pass rim


My walnut parts banjo currrently has an RK no-hole ring loose fit on a Cooperman rim. 5-Star head (after trying AMB and Remo)  It actually sounds pretty good up to the 12th fret.  Above that, especially 15 and above, it can be kind of honky, harsh or nasal.

Head tension of at least 91 on DrumDial and a Scorpion bridge tamed it some.

Your Z bridge is the best sounding on my 4-hole archtop parts banjo.

Feb 26, 2020 - 2:37:54 PM

1706 posts since 9/10/2003

Three of my banjers are walnut ! love the tone of a walnut banjo.

Brian.

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:44:07 AM

Bart Veerman

Canada

4555 posts since 1/5/2005
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For completeness, what kind of walnut are we talking about?

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=how+many+species+walnut+tree

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:01:07 AM

78 posts since 8/20/2019

Funny I should see this post about walnut, as yesterday I received a 2005 Stelling Staghorn, and also have a 1982 Staghorn.
I noticed right off, that the wood in both banjos is walnut, but really different looking!

So I pulled off the resonators, laid them side by side and this is what I saw.

Anyone know the two types of walnut in each of Stelling's resonators? Thanks!

(picture attached)


Feb 27, 2020 - 12:04:35 PM

adl1132

USA

151 posts since 12/18/2012

The two may be different types of walnut (I know Stelling has used lots of claro walnut in the past) but walnut also has the property of lightening through time, which might account for the difference in color.

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