The most favorite part of my job is talking to customers! I love hearing their enthusiasm for and love of the banjo! There are some common questions, however, that are shared by folks who have or are searching for banjos. I thought sharing those might help others who are on the same journey.
The “wire” for instruments is called music wire. This name does have industrial meaning because it denotes the alloy, temper, hardness, resilience, and tensile strength of the wire, as compared to electrical wire, copper wire, etc.
Unlike a guitar, the 6 string banjo can have its voice dramatically altered by the player. Brighter, warmer, less sustain, more sustain, more mid-range emphasis, etc., by merely changing a couple of components and making adjustments. This “guitar players’ banjo” can meet any musician’s needs. Here’s how:
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.
John shows you (in under 40 minutes) how to replace your current banjo head with a customized Kavanjo head, loaded with his patented handwound humbucking pickup.
One very common question we hear from customers who are new to the banjo is “Why do some banjos have a back and others don’t?”. To start with, the “back” of a banjo is called the resonator and it does just what the name implies, it resonates the sound of the banjo.
Bridge placement is important to get the best sound out of your banjo. The intonation is improved by having the bridge in what is called the “sweet spot” on the banjo head. This is actually easy to do as a banjo has a floating bridge (it is held on by the tension of the strings) and with practice you will actually enjoy playing with the harmonics of our banjo fingerboard to place the bridge in the right place.
We have all been there…wanting to travel with our banjo but unsure of what to do to make sure it gets there safely. What happens if the “gorillas” are working the day we ship it or hand it over to the airlines? You know, they love to throw and jump on things!