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Mimic Minstrel Banjo Sound with Tape

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Feb 21, 2020 - 10:03:37 AM
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LzChase

Sweden

52 posts since 10/30/2019

I don't know exactly how I found this out, but if you roll up a piece of cloth and put it in the back of the banjo as you usually would to make it sound a bit softer, and then put electrical tape on the bridge, this is the result.



Old Folks at Home on a modern Deering Vega Pete Seeger with Taped Bridge


Edited by - LzChase on 02/21/2020 13:21:13

Feb 21, 2020 - 2:38:28 PM

3784 posts since 10/13/2005

Yeah that's definitely in the minstrel banjo sound ball park, interesting. I have a Tradesman with Minstrel Nylguts/skin head on it that sounds pretty similar. Are you getting that sound from steel strings? banjered

Feb 21, 2020 - 3:08:49 PM

LzChase

Sweden

52 posts since 10/30/2019

quote:
Originally posted by banjered

Yeah that's definitely in the minstrel banjo sound ball park, interesting. I have a Tradesman with Minstrel Nylguts/skin head on it that sounds pretty similar. Are you getting that sound from steel strings? banjered


Yep! Regular nickel and steel strings, and they're not worn, at the time of the recording they were 3 days old. A cotton sock and a piece of electrical tape is all it took. Open E Tuning gives a deeper tone.

Edited by - LzChase on 02/21/2020 15:09:01

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:33:21 PM
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Paul R

Canada

12426 posts since 1/28/2010

I get a similar effect with twine wrapped through the strings.

Someone said I should just get nylon strings, but I don't want the gut string effect all the time, just occasionally.

Another BHO member (unfortunately, I don't remember who) posted, nearly ten years ago, that he could get the same effect by cutting a couple of slivers of fridge magnet that went across all the strings, next to the bridge - one above and one below the strings.

I like the twine method because you can unwrap it and leave it attached to the tailpiece (or wherever), ready to use at any time.


 

Feb 22, 2020 - 7:05 AM

LzChase

Sweden

52 posts since 10/30/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Paul R

I get a similar effect with twine wrapped through the strings.

Someone said I should just get nylon strings, but I don't want the gut string effect all the time, just occasionally.

Another BHO member (unfortunately, I don't remember who) posted, nearly ten years ago, that he could get the same effect by cutting a couple of slivers of fridge magnet that went across all the strings, next to the bridge - one above and one below the strings.

I like the twine method because you can unwrap it and leave it attached to the tailpiece (or wherever), ready to use at any time.

What's that tailpiece called? I've never seen that kind

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:07:07 PM

Paul R

Canada

12426 posts since 1/28/2010

That isn't the tailpiece, it's a set of fine tuners to get accurate tuning. The tuners on that banjo - my 1915 Orpheum that I traded away last March - are friction and sort of temperamental. The actual tailpiece is an Elite, original to the banjo, and interesting, in that it accommodates loop- or ball-end strings.


 

Feb 22, 2020 - 2:47:45 PM
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LzChase

Sweden

52 posts since 10/30/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Paul R

That isn't the tailpiece, it's a set of fine tuners to get accurate tuning. The tuners on that banjo - my 1915 Orpheum that I traded away last March - are friction and sort of temperamental. The actual tailpiece is an Elite, original to the banjo, and interesting, in that it accommodates loop- or ball-end strings.


In the words of the younger generation, that's pretty damn cool

Edited by - LzChase on 02/22/2020 14:47:54

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