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Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
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Hello everybody,I am new to classic banjo playing and I need some advice.I have a steel strung Epiphone MB 100open back banjo with ebony topped maple bridge. I think bridge is 5/8" (about 1.5 cm.)I…Continue

Tags: bridge, strings, banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pertti Vuori Sep 28, 2013.

Original Classic banjo recordings online
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Hello everybody,I am interested where can I get original recordings by Fred Van Eps,Vess Ossman and other original players available to download for free or buy an mp3 copy.I am interested in…Continue

Tags: recordings, banjo, classic, original

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Sep 21, 2013.

Classic Banjo orchestras today
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Do you like some banjo orchestras of today?http://www.heftone.com/orchestrahttp://www.ncbo.net/…Continue

Tags: today, Orchestras, Banjo, Classic

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trevor Boyd Jan 16, 2013.

Putting a nylon strings on a banjo
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I have an open back Epiphone MB100 banjo.Which nylon strings should i put on it to play a classic style banjo?Do i have to change something on my banjo?Thank you.Continue

Tags: epiphone banjo, gut strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Wade Dec 26, 2012.

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Feb 8, 2014
Pertti Vuori replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"Hi Luka, My banjo is a Recording King Open back. When I changed from metal strings to Aquila the first problem was the tailpiece. The best solution may be to buy a tailpiece from Joel Hooks or some other "nylgut friendly" tailpiece . But…"
Sep 28, 2013
Joel Hooks replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"I'll ship anywhere, it is really no big deal. It will just cost you $7US for shipping these days (last year it was $3). I've not gotten a email Luka, try sending again or through this site."
Sep 27, 2013
Luka Renić replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"Thanks,I sent him an e-mail. "
Sep 26, 2013
thereallyniceman replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"Why not speak directly to Joel?  He is a member on this site and a great guy.  His email is:   joelhooks@me.com His website showing the tailpiece is here:  Joel Hooks website"
Sep 26, 2013
Luka Renić replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"Thank you for advice,I really like that tailpiece... Do you know where can I get it? I need someone who ships internationally."
Sep 26, 2013
Steve Harrison replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"I can recommend this type of  tailpiece, being from an engineering background, I make my own based on the original Weaver design and have them fitted to all of my 8 banjos. They work well on all of them and it is much easier to tie on the…"
Sep 26, 2013
Trapdoor2 replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"My current favorite tailpiece for nylon/nylgut strings comes from Joel Hooks (see his website below). This is a wooden tailpiece (ebony) that is a bit more fancy that the old Weaver type...but perfect for what you want to do. Joel Hooks website"
Sep 25, 2013
Alan Sims replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"I have the same tail piece as yours and a no knot one in the cupboard ,and that is why they are there. Its all trial and error. I prefer the harp type ."
Sep 25, 2013
Mike Moss replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"Yes, definitely. It looks like a real nylon string slicer. I had one of those on my first banjo. You should consider getting a different tailpiece, but avoid the modern no-knot tailpieces -- they're poorly made and they often have burrs and…"
Sep 25, 2013
Luka Renić replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"Thanks everybody for the advice. Here is the picture of my banjo tailpiece: Do you think that it could cut nylon strings?"
Sep 25, 2013
thereallyniceman replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"Hi Luka, I agree with the above. The bridge height is not the concern here, but the thing to consider is the "action" (distance between the top of the 12th fret and the string). The action with nylon strings for classic style should be…"
Sep 25, 2013
Mike Moss replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"Hi Luka, +1 to the advice above. A 1/2 bridge will probably cause severe buzzing to the point of being unplayable if your banjo is set up for a 5/8 bridge, and there's no rule about using a certain bridge height for playing Classic style.…"
Sep 25, 2013
Jody Stecher replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"Luka, why not try the bridge you already have? It may work fine with the nylgut strings.  If a banjo sounds too dull with soft strings (non-metal) then a 2 footed thin bridge made of maple or other hard wood may be a good corrective. But that…"
Sep 24, 2013
Trapdoor2 replied to Luka Renić's discussion Advice about bridge for classic banjo.
"Luka, Your banjo was designed to use a 5/8" bridge, so I would recommend getting another of the same height to start with. The German "NO-TIP" bridges look pretty good. I prefer a very lightweight and thin bridge. The other ebay…"
Sep 24, 2013
Luka Renić posted a discussion

Advice about bridge for classic banjo.

Hello everybody,I am new to classic banjo playing and I need some advice.I have a steel strung Epiphone MB 100open back banjo with ebony topped maple bridge. I think bridge is 5/8" (about 1.5 cm.)I recently ordered Aquilla medium gauge classic banjo strings strings from eBay.Now,I think I should get the maple bridge.Do you think that 1/2" is the right height?Unfortunately,I cannot order any Clifford Essex stuff because I'm from Zagreb,Croatia.I found two interesting offers on eBay,so please…See More
Sep 24, 2013

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