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Sep 25, 2021 - 9:44:21 PM



10 posts since 8/29/2012

I recently purchased a goldtone it-19 Irish tenor banjo although I play old time jazz music (not many tenor banjo options in my neck of the woods.) I love the look of the banjo and the 12in pot is really nice. I have changed the strings so it plays in CGDA (it comes tuned DGAE). Would any other adjustments like head tension or bridge type play a factor in giving it more of a triad jazz sound? Or is it just the decoration and tuning that make it an "Irish tenor."
Here is a link to the banjo with specs. I'm pretty new to banjo so I don't understand much about banjo parts/set up.

Thanks everyone!

Sep 25, 2021 - 11:48:39 PM

963 posts since 6/25/2006

I would say it is just a marketing thing. My first banjo was a Clareen Clarinbridge and the only thing that needed changing was the strings. There is just personal preference when it comes to tone. If you find the banjo isn't bright enough, you could try an adjustable tailpiece to put more downward pressure on the strings.

Sep 26, 2021 - 2:25:51 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


25217 posts since 6/25/2005

No such thing as an “Irish” tenor banjo. It’s all in the setup. Tune your banjo to CGDA and go from there

Sep 26, 2021 - 3:17:31 AM



1442 posts since 11/6/2008

The set up of a banjo, irish or jazz, is up ti your taste, with a 12’ open back pot you can have an ‘Eddy Davis’ like banjo sound that I love very much, then you can choose to increase the head tension ti get a more aggressive cutting sound...

Sep 26, 2021 - 6:03:11 PM



11794 posts since 2/7/2008

The GDAE strings are thicker than the CGDA strings. You may want a new nut cut for the thinner strings, maybe not.

Sep 26, 2021 - 6:56:35 PM

8990 posts since 8/28/2013

Fathand beat me to the string gauge/bridge/nut slot difference.

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