Forum - Banjo Ben Clark

John Ressler from Sandwich, IL!

What was it that first got you interested in playing the guitar, mandolin or banjo?
I saw a family band play when I was 12. I was so intrigued with the stringed instruments. I just had to learn. It ignited a passion.

How long have you been playing and what’s your motivation to play?
Been playing over 40 years. I like learning new songs that speak to the heart.

What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site and how has it helped you improve?
I really enjoyed Irish Washerwoman. Learned some new techniques.

What’s your goal when playing?
Just to enjoy myself and relax. Helps ease stress!

How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
About 5 years I think

Do you have a favorite technique? What is it?
Trying to incorporate more slides

If you could play in anyone’s band, who would it be and why?
Alan Jackson - I’m just a big fan

What type of gear or accessories have you found that work best for you?
I love the Pure Western Mini pickups

If money was no object, what would be your dream instrument(s)?
Mine! (I build guitars)

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Build more guitars!

Anything else you’d like to add?
I’ve been building guitars and other instruments for over 20 years - part time. I haven’t played as much since then, but the lessons at Banjo Ben have really inspired me to keep playing and learning.

Thanks for letting us feature you John!


Very nice menagerie of tonewood you have there, John. :grin:

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Congrats John on being GPOTW!

Congrats on being the gpotw John! Thanks for sharing :slightly_smiling_face:

Welcome and congrats! Can we see more pics of your guitars? I hope to see you around the forum!

A Camouflaged guitar? Is that for when you’re out hunting? Wouldn’t wanna scare 'em off! Haha! Like Gunnar said - post more pics! Congrats on GPOTW. Hope to pick with you sometime.