How to Choose the Best Beginner Banjo
When taking a leap into the wonderful word of banjos, it’s first important to choose a banjo that best fits your needs, and in the case of being a beginner, you first need to understand the important parts of the banjo and how it impacts you. The main design aspect to keep in mind are: the rim, the neck, and the hardware.
The heart and soul of the banjo’s sound and tone is the rim. The material of the rim has to be one that is comprised of resonant material in order to create a nice musical tone. Similar to how violins are, there is often some type of wood used because materials like metal, stone, or plastic won’t create a pleasureful tone. The only reason some manufacturers use aluminum or other metal, or even cheap wood is for the cheapness of manufacturing.
The neck has more to do with ergonomics when it comes to importance. When examining the contour and shape of the neck, then you will be able to see the difference because a poorly made banjo and a superior one. Most cheap models are made to look like high end models, but will lack many key benefits that really set them apart.
The hardware is probably the most over-looked parts when it comes to beginners, but is by far one of the most important aspects to be picky about. Believe it or not, there are scientific reasons to have specific materials for different hardware parts of the banjo. For example, the tailpiece should be made of a metal alloy that is considered “quiet”, which means that it doesn’t create a different tone when vibrating.
So as you can tell, choosing the best beginners banjo is not a simple task. However, there are many sites out there with buyers guides that will help you navigate the world of guitars and banjos.