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3 1880’s Buckbee Banjos that I have refurbished so that they are playable once again. And some newbie claw hammer banjo playing.
Interesting how different these three banjos sound from each other. I didn't even know there is such a thing as a fretless banjo. I also didn't know why some banjos have an open back. By far I prefer the first one, the 1880s one. You've done a beautiful job restoring it. It sounds great and it's beautiful to look at. (Liked the song, too. : )
The 5 string open backs were the norm in the 1800’s, though there were some that were made with resonators (the cover for the back to project sound out). The resonator became more popular in the early 1900’s through the thirties with the 4 string tenor banjo’s that played with louder bands and neede the sound projection. As country and bluegrass became popular in the 40’s through today the 5 string again gained in popularity and it kept the resonator. Now with an interest in “old time” music there have been more makers of the open back again. Cycles, what goes around comes around. Glad you enjoyed the vid.
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