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Old 09-28-2017, 04:30 PM   #21
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I bought a banjo a few years ago to play around with---never took to it, but it looks cool in the studio, and I have a friend who can tear it up, so I keep it around!
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Old 10-21-2017, 12:35 AM   #22
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Is your affinity stock?.
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Is your affinity stock?.
Yes it is---it is an '09---I paid $100 for it in 2014. The guy bought it, paid for a pro setup (I didn't have to touch it), took a few lessons, and put it back in the box. This thing is flawless, and plays like a dream---no mods planned!!!

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Dunno, but I just bought my wife a Banjo for her birthday. A Gretsch, whatever the entry-level one is. It was like $250 and I got her 4 lessons at Guitar Center to go with it.

With any instrument I'd always advise someone to have at least a few sessions with a teacher. If you already play guitar it might not be difficult to sort of figure out the basics on your own, but every instrument is its own animal and someone who really knows what they're doing might at the very least be able to steer you away from some of the technique pitfalls that a person learning on their own might be prone to stumbling into.

I did most of my guitar learning on my own, and nearly 2 decades into it it's still a constant struggle to break my "bad habits" in terms of techniques. Had I had a little more patience for instruction as a teenager I might be a notably better guitarist today. Oh well.
Good pick. I recently tried one of these beginner Gretsch banjos at my own Guitar Center and it sounded pretty good. No it's not a modern closed back (Earl Scruggs style), it's open. Old style. It had a lot of punch and sustain and a mellow sound.
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I had an Epiphone resonator (closed back) banjo and sold it for a lighter weight and more comfortable to play open back Goodtime banjo. I use it a lot more now.

It only weighs 4 pounds and it's much more comfortable to use and you can still play bluegrass style. You just wouldn't use it in a bluegrass band as it wouldn't be loud enough. It's loud enough in my house however.
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I had an Epiphone resonator (closed back) banjo and sold it for a lighter weight and more comfortable to play open back Goodtime banjo. I use it a lot more now.

It only weighs 4 pounds and it's much more comfortable to use and you can still play bluegrass style. You just wouldn't use it in a bluegrass band as it wouldn't be loud enough. It's loud enough in my house however.
Oh yeah, those Goodtime's are sweet. I've got of those on my bucket list .
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