"This tone ring design has been a favorite of great dixieland players,
resembles the holy grail for the old time banjoists, and had it's big
revival in the folk era with Pete Seeger and the Kingston Trio in the Vega
What is a long neck banjo? I have attempted to fashion my
banjos after the "Kingston Trio" and Pete Seeger style of long
neck and tone ring. My
follows that pattern. Once you
have played a long neck I cannot imagine you playing non long
neck again! Let me help you find the one that is right for you.
On Line Encyclopedia says this: (And much more...)
The long neck banjo is a5
an extra three frets for the four main playing strings, invented
by Pete Seeger.
The 5th string is not extended, so instead of being five frets
shorter than the others as on a standard banjo, on the long-neck
it's eight frets shorter.
Standard scale length is 34", with 25 frets, and standard tuningE
You can check the link below to hear
1980 Gretsch ODE Archtop Banjo.
It is used and pot
If you have never played a long neck banjo you are missing
a great experience!
Here Philip sent me in June of this year, the first of
three E mails expressing thanks for his new Mastertone. It has a crystal
clear sound and especially has the best sound for blue grass type of
playing and the lower notes as I illustrate.
Subject: Thanks so much! To:
Calgary Alberta, Canada
The banjo came yesterday, It plays and looks and sounds great!
My only problem is that it is so nice it puts some of other instruments to
have been play banjos for over 40 years and I believe I have come close to
perfecting a great sounding instrument. (I have lost count of how
many long neck banjos I have built in the last several years. ) All parts are new. I am also taking orders for custom long
necks and can build it for you in a matter of two to three weeks. For the
last three years I have devoted most of my waking hours to either
studying the Scriptures or building long neck banjos.
banjos are built by proper specifications according to
to Set Up the Best Sounding Banjo [Paperback] by Roger
H. Siminof" book on how to set up a good sounding banjo. Thus, I
insure the very best sound for my open back banjos.
If you are ever in the Puyallup, WA area, give me a call and come by and try one
of my long necks! Come by for and try the long neck. It is a unique
experience. They have a totally different dynamic than the standard