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Nov 24, 2020 - 4:05:51 PM
17 posts since 10/26/2020

Hi, I'm looking to get into plectrum - ragtime, early jazz etc Can anyone recommend a good quality banjo under $1000? Or is it better to buy a vintage model? Thanks

Nov 24, 2020 - 4:18:13 PM

45 posts since 8/20/2019

I’m interested in the answers to this! I’ve been wondering about dipping my toe (or plectrum, I suppose) into the four string banjo world.

Nov 24, 2020 - 4:24:41 PM
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Omeboy

USA

2705 posts since 6/27/2013

If you already own a five-string banjo (and I assume you do), just take off the 5th string and tune your low D string to a C. You'll then be tuned to CGBD, 4th to first string. The five string functions perfectly as a plectrum and you won't need to buy a second banjo to get your feet wet.

You might also find this information of interest: https://www.banjohangout.org/blog/34982

Edited by - Omeboy on 11/24/2020 16:26:57

Nov 24, 2020 - 4:52:56 PM
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13596 posts since 10/30/2008

You can buy fine vintage Vega open back plectrum banjos from before WWII for $1000 and under. If you want a resonator they are also offered, and attach easily. These are fairly plentiful.

A quick Google search produced this one at the website "Reverb" (an aggregator of other on line ads for musical instruments).  Standard disclaimer, I have nothing to do with this offer, and I am not "vouching" for this instrument in any way.  Just to show you they are out there.

https://reverb.com/item/34098515-vega-vegaphone-professional-plectrum-1930-natural?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=6445914853&utm_content=campaignid=6445914853_adgroupid=82656632608_productpartitionid=801203187089=merchantid=236687897_productid=34098515_keyword=_device=c_adposition=_matchtype=_creative=391716654884&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgK3em76c7QIVhL7ICh3yBAfbEAQYCSABEgJ42vD_BwE

Edited by - The Old Timer on 11/24/2020 16:59:04

Nov 25, 2020 - 11:38:23 AM

17 posts since 10/26/2020

Thanks Omeboy, the link was very interesting. My current 5 strings are nylon strung, open back so not sure they would be good for plectrum style.

Dick - thanks for the link, that does look like a good banjo, only I am in the UK and imagine shipping would be costly, I did see a Vega Regent for sale over here on Reverb, looks nice, but I havent a clue if its any good - think it was about $700. Would these be a better choice than for example the Goldtone PS 250?

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