New guy!


#1

Hey everybody!
I’m new to this site, and not long into playing bluegrass. My weapon of choice is the guitar, but in about 6 months or so, I am looking to try my hand at banjo. While being a novice at bluegrass, I am at an intermediate level with guitar and can 4 finger pick on it. My question is, being on a limited budget, what would be the best banjo for a beginner that will not cause my wife to make me sleep in the garage? Any suggestions?

Thanks!
Russell


#2

Deering makes some good banjos and a lot of players use them. Epiphone makes some nice cheap ones also . Someone will post soon I am sure so just wait for awhile.


#3

Hey Ken,
Thanks for the post! I’ve been looking on the internet, and even talked to one of the guitar geeks at my favorite music store. I did see the Deering line of Banjos, and Glen, at the music center said that he had an Epiphone banjo coming in that I could check out. I have time. I want to be wise in my purchase. I’m on a limited budget so I don’t want to fork out the money for a Taylor or Gibson Banjo. I’m looking for good quality and a reasonable price. Somewhere between $300 to $500. I know they have to be out there!

Thanks again!

P.S. I need to thank you also, by reading your post I saw that I mis-spelled New guy! Yes, I suffer from FFS. Fat Finger Syndrone!


#5

Hey Mark!
Yes sir, the first banjo the salesman pointed me to was a Gibson Mastertone that goes for around $2000. He should know me by now! I’ve bought five guitars from them, and none of them, with perhaps the exception of my Gretsch semi-hollow body is considered a big name brand. I have found that there are plenty of lesser known guitars that sound great. My Seagull Guitars are excellent examples. I would have to assume that the same is true concerning banjos.

I have time. I am in no hurry. I won’t be able to afford a Banjo until around the beginning of April. I’ll be checking out the internet and asking questions of those that play the banjo at the bi-weekly jam I attend. I think the looking for a good banjo will be half the fun of playing one! Thanks for the input!


#7

Thanks Mark!
Yeah, I figured it out about the seeing and Deering. I simply put in the goodtimes II and it brought up the Deering name. I do appreciate the advice! And I will follow it and see about playing some brand named rigs. It’s like buying a truck, many look good, but when you drive them you really find out which ones cut the mustard!

See ya around!