“The tone ring is the most important banjo part; the wood doesn’t make any difference!”
“Tone wood matters in guitars and violins…banjos are mechanical and wood has no effect.”
Statements like these are saying, “the quality of meat in the spaghetti sauce is the most important part: the quality of the tomatoes makes no difference.” So… does that mean green, un-ripe tomatoes, or rotten tomatoes don’t affect the sauce?
I think it’s fair to say they do. The wood used in a banjo has a profound effect on tone and response.
Sometimes it is hard to “see the forest for the trees!” Sometimes it’s hard to find the right banjo on the wall of banjos in the store! Choosing a banjo can be confusing and we are hoping to take some of that confusion away with our articles on the banjo. Last week we talked about “how to buy a banjo.” This week, David Bandrowski is giving you a great video follow up to that article by Barry Hunn. Using the popular bluegrass/3-finger style of playing and our Goodtime banjos, David will demonstrate the openback Goodtime banjo, the resonator Goodtime II,...