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Thread #24588   Message #281973
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
21-Aug-00 - 07:29 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's banjo -- RETURNED
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's banjo -- RETURNED
Re: Using heavy-weight strings instead of using a long neck:

When I had my Ramsey Special built, I talked with Mike Ramsey about making me a long-neck banjo. He discouraged it, although he said he could do it and had enough of the fingerboard material in the right length. He recommended using heavier strings and tuning a whole tonelower, then capoing at the second fret for normal tuning.

I decided to take his advice, and had him make a normal-necked banjo. I strung it with heavy-weight strings, etc. etc. For about four or five days. Never again!

Number one, heavyweight stirngs are hard to find. But also, it's like trying to play steel bridge cables. I couldn't change to mediums fast enough! YMMV.

Dave Oesterreich