I’ve been starting to think about buying a new banjo and one of the things I’ve recently run across is a banjo that tunnels the 5th string thru to the top of the neck instead of putting the nut for it on the side of the neck.
Like this guy:
To me that would make a ton of “practical” sense (not getting your left-hand thumb tripped up by the nut when moving up and down the neck)… but from a “traditional” sense it’s very… well, not traditional.
Just curious if anyone has had experience with a tunneled 5th string and has some maybe not so obvious pros/cons.
Appreciate any thoughts.