Gold Tone Acoustic Composite Banjitar (AC-6+)
The Gold Tone AC-6+ Acoustic-electric Composite 6-string Banjitar is a perfect alternative for guitarists seeking the distinctive tone of a banjo without the learning curve. This banjo boasts an 11-inch composite rim, a 13-inch composite resonator, and a Remo LC smooth head for an authentic banjo tone. Furthermore, the 6-string guitar-tuned design allows an effortless transition from guitar to banjo, making it an excellent choice for guitarists who want to expand their sonic palette.
- Zero Glide Nut System: This innovative system combines the advantages of a standard nut and a zero fret, ensuring minimal string binding and maximum tuning stability.
- Rim and Resonator: High-quality 11-inch composite rim and matching 13-inch composite resonator provide clear, ringing projection for ensemble bluegrass playing or 3-finger Scruggs-style rolls.
- Terminator Tailpiece: This high-mass tailpiece delivers old-school tone while enhancing resonance and reliability. It's bend-free, ensuring a lasting performance.
- Design: 6-string guitar-tuned Banjitar design allows easy transition from guitar to banjo.
- Neck: Comfortable maple neck topped with a radiused rosewood fingerboard.
- Pickup: Built-in SMP sliding magnetic pickup with volume control for plugging straight into an existing electric guitar rig.
What is a banjo resonator and what does it accomplish?
A resonator is the back, bowl-shaped part of a banjo that helps to reflect the sound out to your audience, thus making the banjo sound louder and brighter. This is in contrast to an open-back banjo, which does not have a resonator.
What is the difference in sound between a resonator banjo and an open-back banjo?
Resonator banjos project the sound toward the audience with more ringing (resonation). Open-back banjos have a more mellow and softer sound, but are sometimes preferred by banjo players of different play styles. Open-back banjos are preferred by old-time clawhammer banjo players, while newer bluegrass players sometimes prefer the louder ringing sound of a resonator banjo.
What banjo should a beginner buy?
We always recommend beginners pick up an instrument that they will proudly play and learn on. For this reason, we recommend banjos which provide a good value, without being cost prohibitive. Fortunately, some big names in banjos have continued to manufacture impeccable, affordable banjos which are perfect for beginners. We recommend beginners look at purchasing the following banjos:
What is the most common type of banjo
The most common type of banjo, especially in the US, is the 5-string banjo. The 5th string of the 5-string banjo is called the "thumb string" or "drone string" because of the clawhammer technique of thumb-picking the 5th string in syncopation with the other 4 strings.
How is a standard 5-string banjo tuned?
5-string banjos are most commonly tuned in "Open G" tuning. Starting from the 5th string to the 1st string, the notes are tuned G, D, G, B, D.