I was gifted this cool old banjolele but had to get it back to playable condition. So here is the test drive on the 1971 song by the Stampeders. Used the skills I have learned from cbg building.

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Comment by Derek Rose on August 16, 2018 at 11:41pm

Hi Dave, thank you for the info. I do appreciate it. I do like the nylon / nylgut feel and sound but I could see where steel would be louder. The 2 tuner holes on the top end of the peghead were too close to the edge so someone had put geared tuners on upside down and they felt pretty sloppy after cleaning them up and getting them to turn. I had some friction tuners on hand so used those. Thanks again for the info and complement! :-)

Comment by Dave Lynas on August 16, 2018 at 9:26pm

Hi Derek. I have several banjolellys with steel strings. I think they can handle the tension. They become very bright and loud with steel. I prefer the nylon or gut strings though. Especially with wood pegs or friction tuners. You did a nice restoration. Beautiful result.

Comment by Derek Rose on August 16, 2018 at 8:50pm

Thanks Nancy! It is a fun little banjo and it was a fun project. I like the banjo cat :-)

Comment by Nancy kat on August 16, 2018 at 12:32pm

Cool snappy tune Derek! Good job on the B~Jo....Meeeowwww^..^

Comment by Derek Rose on August 15, 2018 at 8:00pm

Thanks Richard! I was lucky enough to have a friend give it to me and also lucky that the neck was straight after someone had steel strings on it. :)

Comment by Richard Sundberg on August 14, 2018 at 10:10pm

Great cover Derek! I remember this song well, nice playing. I noticed your before and after pictures, great restoration! Lot of sound from the little fellow, great performance D!

Comment by Derek Rose on August 14, 2018 at 9:09pm

Thank you, Clarky. I have been lucky to repair a few old instruments and it is rewarding. 

Comment by Derek Rose on August 14, 2018 at 9:08pm

Thank you, Dave. I was happy it was in a repairable condition and good for playing and not just wall hangin' :)

Comment by Derek Rose on August 14, 2018 at 9:06pm

Banjolele's are not very common but you can find them. They are fun and play like a uke but more plunky. Thanks Danny :)

Comment by Clarky on August 14, 2018 at 9:32am

Great job Derek.  I'd love to find an old instrument and restore it.

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