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Sep 18, 2020 - 7:24:43 PM
5789 posts since 9/5/2006

does anybody know which banjo JD is playing here ,,back when the bluegrass album band was doing their thing... i remember we opened for them once in the early 80s , but i was so intimidated i didn't ask much about the banjo ,,just said howdy and smiled and nodded alot. ,,, and is this what he recorded the bluegrass band albums with?

Sep 18, 2020 - 7:34:53 PM

Foote

USA

405 posts since 3/25/2009

I believe that's the Gold Star JD Crowe model. I saw them at the Great America Music Hall in San Francisco in the early 80's. From where I sat I couldn't read the peghead on JD's banjo, but from the tone and volume I assumed it was his famous prewar. Between sets I walked up to the stage and saw it was a Gold Star. I have a 84 flathead Gold Star (not a Crowe unfortunately) and love it. The old Gold Stars are still the best deal for the buck, in my opinion.

Sep 18, 2020 - 8:07:52 PM

5789 posts since 9/5/2006

that day i saw him it was a gibson , or at least the headstock had gibson on it

anyone know which one he used on the BAB recordings ?

Sep 18, 2020 - 9:25:41 PM

3349 posts since 5/29/2011

The strap does not have J. D.'s name on it. It looks like B J ( or R J) Rogers. So maybe this was not his own banjo he was playing? It still looks like an RB75 though.

Sep 19, 2020 - 1:05:20 AM
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lucassman

Czech Republic

11 posts since 4/18/2011

Looks like Bob Rogers (Rodgers??) 1938 RB-75 (F.O.N. 752-4), J.D. played this since 1982, then bought it in 1990's, I believe.

Sep 19, 2020 - 4:40:12 AM
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1401 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11

that day i saw him it was a gibson , or at least the headstock had gibson on it

anyone know which one he used on the BAB recordings ?


On the first three BAB recordings he used Richard Keldsen's RB-3.

Sep 19, 2020 - 10:46:41 AM

2711 posts since 11/15/2003

Terry,
Jd was notorious for traveling with different current manufactred pots.. like gold star and rich and taylor and having frank neat build a neck to his specifications .

I saw his first appearance of the flash back band in 93 at Canton Texas , he was using a r&t with frank neat neck..and carrying it in a gold star case, btw, all his frank neat necks say gibson on them.
I was told by a reliable source that even though he was known for being a mahogany man..it was either the first or second album he cut with the flash back configuration..he used a Granada in the studio for the album..and I have some of those bluegrass legends videos with the Osborne's, and jim a and Jesse and others you can see jd holding a absolute Granada,

Just goes to show how the tone a person pulls stays consistent regardless of the banjos wood make...in most cases.

Warp!

Sep 19, 2020 - 11:49:35 AM

5789 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by warpdrive

Terry,
Jd was notorious for traveling with different current manufactred pots.. like gold star and rich and taylor and having frank neat build a neck to his specifications .

I saw his first appearance of the flash back band in 93 at Canton Texas , he was using a r&t with frank neat neck..and carrying it in a gold star case, btw, all his frank neat necks say gibson on them.
I was told by a reliable source that even though he was known for being a mahogany man..it was either the first or second album he cut with the flash back configuration..he used a Granada in the studio for the album..and I have some of those bluegrass legends videos with the Osborne's, and jim a and Jesse and others you can see jd holding a absolute Granada,

Just goes to show how the tone a person pulls stays consistent regardless of the banjos wood make...in most cases.

Warp!


true enough ,, i guess its like hitting baseball, or golf or a back massage ,, its all in the hands.

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