Dave from Surrey, England writes:
During the latter part of last year, I purchased a copy of your video "Beginning Bluegrass Banjo".The problem I have is replicating the sound that you get with your banjo on the video.
I have spent a lot of time (and money) on different strings, bridges, picks, tailpieces and heads, and even used a protractor to set up bridge angles, but I cannot get that sound. In the video, you recommend GHS strings - I have tried those too, but still cannot get that crisp ringing sound that you have.I would appreciate any information that you could give me to replicate that lovely sound.
Please could you let me have the following information about the banjo that you play in the video? I would like to know:
- make and year of instrument.
- make and thickness of banjo head.
- what bridge you use.
- what strings you use.
- what tailpiece you use.
My banjo is a Gibson Mastertone Earl Scruggs standard, which I bought last year from Mandolin Brothers on Staten Island, NY .If it means changing my instrument to get the sound as in your video, I would be happy to do so.