A banjo is a unique instrument. It can be equipped with a wide range of features that are tailored to specific playing styles. This article will discuss which type of banjo suits your music and whether you need a resonator. We’ll also talk about the quality of instruments made by different brands.
Traditional banjos can have four or five strings. The most popular banjo is the five-string model. They are well-suited to playing Bluegrass and Folk Music. As you move along the neck, most string instruments can be tuned from low to high. The drone string on the 5 string banjo is located in the middle section of the neck and is tuned higher than other strings.
Although the 4 string banjo is also known as Plectrum banjo, it doesn’t have a drone. Because of its bright tone, the 4 string banjo can be strummed using a guitar pick (plectrum). It is common in Dixieland bands.
Banjos can have 6 strings. However, it is not clear whether these instruments are considered banjos. The 6 string banjo can be tuned just like the guitar and has a similar sound to the banjo. However, the membrane drumhead acts as the soundboard.
The 6 string banjo has been replacing the 4 string banjo in the Dixieland band, due to its ease of use for jazz guitarists and the additional sound it makes. The majority of techniques that produce the “folk-banjo” sound depend on the unique tuning of the 5-string instrument. These techniques cannot be achieved on the 6-stringed banjo.
You can buy new banjos starting at $200. Fender, Epiphone and Deering are all reliable brands.
The Deering Goodtime Two is recommended if you’re ready to invest in the instrument and have a serious commitment to learning the banjo. The instrument is approximately $700 new. However, you may be able find a used instrument for less than $500.
The Ibanez B50 is a great beginner instrument and costs only $300.