The star on the fingerboard is harder to pin down-they seem to be random, and not too common. The banjo the Shaw Brothers used(originally owned by John Stewart) has one. I think Mac Carter's may as well.
There IS a difference in sound between the rods and the dowel.
: Okay, I just play them. I'm no expert on them. So I want to ask, what's the difference
: on how many brackets there are? Does it make a difference in the sound? I mean,
: looking at one with 24 next to one with 28, doesn't seem to be a big difference. So,
: what's the story?
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: Found a 1961 PS Long Neck Banjo, and from the previous thread on this subject, the
: very early models, pre-1962, are the banjos of choice. Is that correct? Preferably
: with the dowel stick, 3-piece neck, 28 hook/nut tension hoop, etc.
: This particular model is a 1961 PS, with dowel stick and 3-piece neck. But if I
: counted correctly, has only a 24 hook/nut setup. And it has a large star on the fre
: tboard at the 7th fret, whick I thought was odd.
: So, is this a keeper or not?
: Appreciate anyone's input.