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Thread #24588   Message #283362
Posted By: GUEST,Arkansas Red
23-Aug-00 - 02:04 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's banjo -- RETURNED
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's banjo -- RETURNED
Glad to hear Pete got the "Whyte Laydie" back. That's the name of the Vega banjo body that Pete made the neck for back in the forties. The first man to lengthen Pete's old Orpheum banjo was noted luthier John D'Angelico. Pete felt that the keys he had to sing in caused him to capo up so high that he lost the sound of the bass string, so he decided to lengthen the banjo's neck. The neck he made for the banjo which is the one on it now is made of a wood that is so heavy and dense that it will not float. I think it's called Lingnum Vitae. Pete is happy, Toshi is happy, and all the fans of Pete around the world are happy. Good things still happen.

Arkansas Red Ozark Mountains, Arkansas