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Oct 20, 2020 - 9:49:56 PM
23 posts since 3/18/2015

Rob schupbach. I just purchased a gold tone bg 10, trnstring banjo. The paired strings are unison 1,2 and 5 and octaves 3 and 4. The strings are quite close together and kind of a challenge to use a pick. I really like the octaves tones butbthatbis not Earl Scruggs style. Any suggestions.

Oct 21, 2020 - 4:41:44 AM

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25101 posts since 8/3/2003

I'd like to see a picture of it. Sounds like it's strung kind of like a mandolin. You'll have to get used to fretting and picking 2 strings at a time. Could be more difficult to keep in tune (like my mandolin).

Oct 21, 2020 - 9:26:17 AM

3396 posts since 5/29/2011

It's more like a twelve string guitar than a mandolin. I played one at Wilcutt Guitars several years ago and did not care for it. The sound is somewhat harsh and unclear.


Oct 21, 2020 - 10:22:58 AM

3396 posts since 5/29/2011

Rob, your banjo might be well suited to playing music from the 60's folk boom. Some of the songs from that era work really well with a banjo. Think backup instead of doing a lot of lead picking. Remember how good the twelve string guitar sounded in that setting? It was always suitable for soft strumming behind vocals but not for flat picking.
You have a banjo that is not really going to fit in an established niche. Make one.

Nov 4, 2020 - 2:41:59 PM



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I would suggest playing your music on it with fingerpicks, let your back/arm/hand learn with daily muscle memory and then sleep on it.  I'm serious, let your body learn

Sherry find the Gold Tone link where the ten is being played,I thought it was Sweeeet there were two models,  a Whyte Laydie and this one .All the Gold Tones are Maple rims and necks, so they can take years to sound better

i can understand why they don't make them

It has the most elegant 5th string solution of one geared and one tunneled, 9 tuners at the peghead

Curtis McPeake used two geared, one right angled

keep the callouses up
I play two 12 strings, so I learned to go back and play my 6-string Epiphone Texan

Double course instruments carry better with a big crowd at the Oasis
I wish I could conserve one of these

I strongly suggest a wide sheepskin cradle strap

Will you weigh it for us? 13-14lbs?

It’s like a big banjo 4 x 4

Edited by - Helix on 11/04/2020 14:52:59

Nov 4, 2020 - 4:04:23 PM



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I was wrong.
All these 10 string videos are right there to hear played by pros

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