What is the best way to get a banjo sound out of a CBG? I'm thinking about leaving the back open for starters, but what else will give me that twang? I bought a 5 string tenor neck and was going to pull the 5th string mechanic's, but it's too nice to screw it up like that.
add a tamborine
Now that's just F--kin" KOOL !!! Thanx, I owe you one.
cheers man . ;-)
the tuning also has a lot to do with it. there are wooden head banjos that sound very nice. So you can do a lot with the right strings and tuning. If it is 5 strings open g is the standard but there are other cool ones as well. I drool over picks banjo every time it shows up here. It is my white whale. In a perfect world I would be able to afford it but for now I play it in my dreams. Pick if you do decide to make it as a style you will sell please let me know so I can start to sell my plasma.....matt
If you are using a wood sound board (vs the very cool tambourine approach) I think the tone sounds more like a banjo if you offset the soundhole(s). So, rather than placing the soundhole directly beneath the strings put them in the upper or lower corners of the body.
Typically, the closer the bridge is placed to the middle of the soundboard (lid), the more banjo-ey it will sound. A narrow-footed banjo style bridge will also give it a more trebly, banjo sound.
thumper - i didnt have to reinforce it at all . if you notice in my pic , the bridge is close to the back edge to avoid any spooning , altho . the aged look tam that i have may be tougher than the one you got , i would try that , or a wider bridge with a bigger footprint before attempting to brace , that would kill most of the reso me thinks.
matthew - will do buddy , this one went to the hwy 61 roadhouse tho .