The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #29441   Message #2286193
Posted By: Charley Noble
12-Mar-08 - 08:24 AM
Thread Name: Help with a 5 string banjo
Subject: RE: Help with a 5 string banjo
Mr Happy-

The drone string is typically pitched higher than the other four strings on 5-string banjos and it would break if it were the same length as the others; shortening a string permits it to be tuned to a higher pitch with less tension. Pretty neat, yes? Capo's operate on the same principle.

Charley Noble