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May 28, 2024 - 11:36:47 PM
619 posts since 1/8/2005

I had one banjo that had an extended fretboard and it seemed harder if not impossible to use my right hand any higher than the fretboard extension on the pot. Wonder what anyone else's experience is?

May 29, 2024 - 3:06:58 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)


28043 posts since 6/25/2005

Well, there's Walt Koken:

I don't know of others who play clawhammer on a  cantilever-fingerboard banjo.  I guess if you want to play over the fretboard, use a banjo with a standard one.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 05/29/2024 03:21:12

May 29, 2024 - 5:52:54 AM
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11363 posts since 4/23/2004

I just avoid playing over the extension (as Walt does in the video above).  I dig too deep to comfortably play over the fretboard...although I did for years, until going scooped.

My Stewart Imperial Banjeaurine has a very long extension. I just play a little lighter.

May 29, 2024 - 6:59:30 AM
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3060 posts since 8/30/2012

Easy solution: scoop out the fretboard extension.

Wouldn't that be something?

May 30, 2024 - 5:39:52 AM
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Paul R


16948 posts since 1/28/2010

Playing off the extension wasn't a problem with my old Orpheum, but the width of the neck made it challenging for me.


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