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  posted on 12/3/2005 at 03:06 PM
I think I asked this a really long time ago, but I forgot..I inherited this thing that looks like a cross between a banjo and a mandolin. It's got 8 strings, 4 sets of 2. The neck is just like a mandolin, the body is silver like a resonator guitar. It's pretty heavy. Looks really old too. How do you tune it, like a mandolin?

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  posted on 12/3/2005 at 03:13 PM
actually I found stuff online...tune opposite from guitar, bottom up e a d g

still don't know what this thing is though...like a banjo trying to be a mandolin

 

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  posted on 12/3/2005 at 07:07 PM
I know exactly what you are talking about but I have never heard a name for it. Pretty interesting little instrument.

 

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  posted on 12/4/2005 at 12:54 AM
It's called a banjolin & as far as I know, is tuned like a mandolin, GDAE low to high. Instead of a typical mando body made of wood, they use the banjo head to get sound & volume of the banjo.

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  posted on 12/4/2005 at 12:57 AM
Was my girlfriends fathers or grandfathers..it looks pretty old. Is it valuable? Rare?
 

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  posted on 12/4/2005 at 01:00 AM
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t's called a banjolin & as far as I know, is tuned like a mandolin, GDAE low to high. Instead of a typical mando body made of wood, they use the banjo head to get sound & volume of the banjo.

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Yes—that would be it...it has a banjo body (although smaller) and a mandolin neck. For being so small, it is seriously heavy—it looks and feels like it's of very high workmanship and feels like you could run it over and it wouldn't hurt it.

It sounds AWFUL because she said the strings were never changed. They're practically brown. I bet that if I throw new strings on it it will be a world of difference.


 

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  posted on 12/4/2005 at 08:46 AM
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It sounds AWFUL because she said the strings were never changed. They're practically brown.


don't buy red strings

 

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