The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #128982 Message #2894049
Posted By: Bernard
25-Apr-10 - 01:33 PM
Thread Name: eko banjos
Subject: RE: eko banjos
In the past when a friend has wanted a left-handed banjo I've found a good second-hand G-banjo and added a 5th string peg. It's not too difficult to replace the nut and the bridge, and a strategically placed round headed screw carries the 5th string.
Fitting the 5th string peg involves careful notching of the neck to allow it to be slightly recessed.
For those who didn't know, the G-banjo is identical in scale to the 5-string, but with only four strings - in fact, some people mistakenly refer to a 5-string as a G-banjo!
The fact that G-banjos aren't as popular as 5-strings and tenors these days means there are more good, cheap ones around.
An old mate of mine,Malcolm Povah, who I haven't seen for years is a G-banjo champion - I used to do his repairs for him, including re-fretting a Paragon.