Friday, 20 December 2013

What's that ... Banjo?

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Here's an interesting bantar guitanjo thing played by Brian Setzer in his Stray Cat days. Is it a one-off? Can anyone ID it? Thanks!

yours, Tone Deaf Radio

Hi Tone, it does indeed very familiar. I have a feeling I've seen one being used by The Pogues. But yeah, it's a Deering Crossfire electric banjo. It actually has two magnetic pickups mounted beneath the head and is designed to be played at volume without any feedback.

Note it's not really a "guitanjo" or a "bantar" - those names are usually given to six string banjos, which are essentially banjos tuned like a guitar so as to accommodate guitar players' existing know-how.  This Deering is a proper 5-string banjo, but in electric format.

G L Wilson

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5 comments:

  1. Where you been, man? Bela Fleck has been playing one of those for something like 20 years. And wonderfully, of course.

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  2. Check out my axe... Hope u like it. Greetings from Argentina!

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  3. What Don Tillman said - Bela Fleck! And his bassist Victor Wooten has a 4-string Bass version.

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  4. Not a fan of 6 string banjers. You can either get that 3-fingered roll down, or just stick with guitar.

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  5. oh, you should check out Ryan Cavanaugh...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dvpAYamu_Y

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