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Building New Banjos for an Old-Time World$
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Richard Jones-Bamman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041303

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041303.001.0001

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God Is in the Details

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Building New Banjos for an Old-Time World
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Richard Jones-Bamman

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041303.003.0004

This chapter explores designing and building a banjo for the old-time musical community. It is not a how-to guide, but is rather an extended discussion of the various processes involved, ranging from the choice of materials to the basic design parameters that are dictated by this style of music and its adherents. The chapter is focused on a single builder (Will Fielding), whose banjo building course the author observed and documented. Yet it also features input from myriad other contemporary builders (Kevin Enoch, Bob Flesher, Noel Booth, Greg Galbreath, Wayne Sagmoen, Brooks Masten, Pete Ross, Bart Reiter, Jason and Pharis Romero, Chuck Waldman), whose contributions demonstrate both general agreement with Fielding and occasionally divergent opinions about specific materials or techniques. The result is a rich overview of the current banjo making community, its continuous grounding in past building practices, and its contributions to the old-time musical sphere.

Keywords:   banjo building, Will Fielding, old-time music, Kevin Enoch, Bob Flesher, Noel Booth, Greg Galbreath, Wayne Sagmoen, Brooks Masten, Pete Ross, Bart Reiter, Jason and Pharis Romero, Chuck Waldman

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