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Nov 27, 2020 - 3:59:09 PM

erch

USA

8 posts since 11/27/2020

Found several banjos on goodwill. Want to get my nephew a starter banjo to play around the camp fire. Saw a reall old Vega that was very short and another with no name just an A on the headstock and Eagle on the head.

Nov 27, 2020 - 4:35:04 PM
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56460 posts since 12/14/2005

Are you looking for 4 string, or 5?
Makes a difference.
Also, check out the ads right here on the HangOut.
If any meet your budget, it's nice to know they were probably set up and played by people who are just a wee bit CRAZY about banjos, so they're very likely as good as they could be, in those price ranges.

Used, solid-body electric guitars are more common, and with just a bit of modification, can be converted to a 5-string banjo.
And, for around the campfire, you don't even have to worry about saving the pickup or wiring!


Nov 27, 2020 - 4:47:58 PM
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101 posts since 1/7/2019

If you are looking for a lighter resonator banjo with a slim neck that would probably be perfect for a smaller person.

Setup well and plays really well. Low action

Just an idea.

banjohangout.org/classified/84331

Jeff

Nov 28, 2020 - 2:08:34 AM

314 posts since 3/12/2014

Campfires tend to dry out wooden instruments.

...Deb

Nov 28, 2020 - 6:47:03 AM
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eMike

USA

1326 posts since 2/5/2006

Nothin wrong with a nice, dry tone. In fact, that's what many of us are looking for.

Nov 28, 2020 - 7:14:02 AM

2416 posts since 12/31/2005

Michael - what's your budget. What is the age and height of child? Reason I ask is that if it is a little guy, sometimes an open back works better because it reduces reach length. But budget will drive the recommendations. Fortunately, there are good options at most price points.

Nov 30, 2020 - 7:27:07 AM
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Helix

USA

13266 posts since 8/30/2006

We have picked up a couple of ALUMINUM banjos at Goodwill

My opinion is that it is the perfect camping banjo

Remove the resonator, you got a paddle AND a snow shovel (read SS STEWART)

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