UBB33774 The invention of the 5 string banjo is shrouded in folklore with varying accounts of how it came to be. However, the long neck version is definitely the creation of Mr. Pete Seeger. Years ago Mr. Seeger found that his voice sounded best about 3 frets below standard banjo tuning. He took his banjo to Mr. John D'Angelico in New York City where the famed guitar maker added 3 more frets to Mr. Seeger's banjo. When the great folk group fad hit in the '50s and '60s, you couldn't show yourself on stage with a standard necked instrument. No, it had to be the long neck version with a capo at the 3rd fret, because goodness knows, you wouldn't actually play it in the lower register, unless of course, you had Pete Seeger's vocal range. Vega, Gibson, Ode, and many other makers jumped on the long neck bandwagon and began to churn out extended neck varieties. Some have found their way into dusty closets, others have been passed down to generations who regard them as curiosities and shrug their shoulders and move on. However, if you pick the banjo and have a voice in the second tenor range, then climb on board with George Grove, Dick Weissman, Alex Hassilev and others and embrace your folk roots. With original chipboard case.
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