Inherent in the construction of banjos are certain parts that help address the needs of banjo set up. Among these are what we will call your “hot rods” - the coordinator rods and the truss rods. But what does all this mean to you, the player, when it comes to banjo set up?
Banjos are played and banjos get dirty; that is just a fact of life with banjo. Cleaning your instrument can be easy if you just have the right tools.
While winter seems to be hanging on fiercely in some areas of the country that just means that spring is right around the corner! It’s time to pull out those cleaning materials and spruce up your banjo before you head out to the exciting world of festivals.
One of the most common questions we receive here at the factory is which set of banjo strings to buy. To make it easier to find the answer in one spot, we have created a string chart with type of strings, gauges, and tunings. We hope this will make your choices much easier!
For a musician, the banjo offers acoustic power, super responsiveness to any kind of touch, brightness that can cut through the sound of an ensemble, warmth and richness to accompany voices and other instruments, and a tone character that is completely unique in the world of musical instruments. But how does all this happen?
Cleaning our homes is routine - maybe not a favorite thing for all of us but we do it anyway. I love things that make my cleaning routine easier! (OK, now you know for sure that I don’t like house cleaning.) Today I want to share of few easy tips on maintenance for your banjo. They are about as easy as I can make them!
For a musician who loves their banjo and loves practicing and playing, enjoys the nuances of technique and the magic of the emotional communication in playing music in general, it’s kind of a romantic disappointment to think of banjo strings as “music wire.” On the positive side, music wire, by definition does have alloy parameters that define the general properties of strings. Music wire is tough, hard, and resilient with great tensile strength. Each manufacturer of strings chooses music wire alloys to create a certain tone, or to reduce the cost of string manufacturing or to increase life, volume, and other sound or performance related goals.
Nickel silver alloy is the most common metal used for fret wire for banjos, guitars and mandolins. It is a good material because it conforms to fingerboards well and resists skin acids, oils, and tarnish well. For most players, it is durable and lasts a long time.