1/08/2012

Video: Gibson PB-JR Banjo Conversion

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jake

Am I understanding correctly that w/ this type of conversion you give up the 5th string being so much higher voiced in relation to the other strings like it would be on a regular 5 string banjo?

Ben

Antebellum Instruments said...

Ben: Not at all... I just used a thinner gauge -- 08 -- for the drone. This is the same gauge used on extra light sets of 12 string guitar strings for the high G in the octaved G pair. If I had to give up the drone at the proper pitch I would have just tuned down to E and then capoed at the 3rd for G tuning (which is sort of tempting to try, now that I think of it) with slightly heavier strings.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification. I can see a real benefit in not having to mess w/ the railroad spike, etc. on my banjo. One of these days I might have to have you do one of those tenor conversions for me too.

Ben

Antebellum Instruments said...

Yeah, it's certainly cool and saves me fuss.

I think a long-necked tenor (23" scale) would be okay, but using a plectrum banjo like this (26"+ scale) keeps it in the same scale length as a regular 5-string, so it feels right, too.

Anonymous said...

After a little research I understand now that a plectrum banjo is just like a 5 string w/o the drone string. Duh. Now your conversion makes even more sense to me. Thanks for being patient w/ a slow learner.

Ben

Antebellum Instruments said...

Ben: No worries -- a lot of folks don't know what a plectrum banjo is because not that many people play them.