Gold Tone CC-Banjitar Cripple Creek Banjo (Six String, Vintage Brown)
The Cripple Creek Banjitar provides a welcoming entry point for those interested in exploring the unique sound of the banjo while maintaining the familiar playability of a guitar. It's designed to be tuned like a guitar, enabling guitarists to achieve a banjo-like tone without having to adapt to new techniques associated with traditional banjo playing. Manufactured and set up at the Gold Tone Factory in Florida, these instruments boast durability, low string action, and an overall pleasurable playing experience.
- Hard Maple Neck, Rim, and Convertible Resonator: These key components provide the Banjitar with both stability and a rich, warm tone.
- Black Binding on the Neck and Resonator: Adds an extra touch of sophistication to the instrument's appearance.
- Dual Coordinator Rods: Allow for precise adjustment of the instrument's action and neck angle.
- Straight-line Tailpiece: Enhances the instrument's sustain and overall tonal response.
- Brass Tone Ring: Contributes to the Banjitar's characteristic brightness and clarity of sound.
- Two-Way Adjustable Truss Rod: Facilitates easy adjustments to the neck's relief, allowing for optimal playability.
Whether you're a beginner to the guitar or a seasoned player seeking to diversify your sonic palette, the Cripple Creek Banjitar may be just the instrument you've been looking for.
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.