: This seems to be the right site to post this technical and gear inquiry. Actually,
: Musiciansí Rendezvous would have been the perfect spot, but Ken wisely shut that
: down some time ago due to inactivity.
: Anyway, I wanted to discuss plectrum banjos. These are the 4-string, 22-fret models,
: not to be confused with the short 19-fret tenors or even shorter 17-fret Irish
: tenors. I have 2 topics.
: 1. Kingston Trio Plectrums. As far as I know, Bob Shane was the only KT member to
: play the plectrum, and he played it in guitar tuning (DGBE) rather than true
: plectrum tuning (CGBD).
: He had at least 3 plectrums, one being the famous Bacon and Day which now appears to
: be lost to history, and the Vega on the cover of String Along. This latter banjo,
: with its script logo and fretboard dots, seems to me to be at the lower end of the
: Vega models. But he had at least one more, which was a higher end model, and the
: only sighting of it is at 1:37 in the Worried Man video at the bottom of Jim Moranís
: tribute to Nick Reynolds. I think it is here http://nrmem.blogspot.com/ but if not
: go to Jimís site. This last plectrum has inlaid blocks and dots, indicating a better
: And what KT songs, other than Tom Dooley, featured a plectrum? Here are a few that I
: can think of, and you certainly may have others.
: New York Girls
: Saints Go Marching In
: A Worried Man
: The Hunter (?)
: Billy Goat Hill
: Coming From The Mountains
: Other than the last item, I donít think Bob played the plectrum at all during the
: NBJ years.
: 2. Your Plectrums.
: I enjoy the plectrum, although the 5-string VPS is my banjo of choice. I play the
: plectrum in the traditional CGDD tuning. I play old-time 20's tunes such as Take Me
: Out to the Ball Game, East Side West Side, Whispering While You Cuddle Near Me, and
: many more of this genre. I have 4 plectrums:
: A 20's Vega Artist - a wonderful banjo with great tone and fabulous #9 inlays.
: A 20's Vega Tubaphone #3 - also very nice, not quite the same ďringĒ as the Artist.
: An 80's Vega by Martin VIP model - surprisingly good with great tone.
: A 70's Gibson PB100 - rudimentary hoop tone ring, not a great banjo.
: So, thatís the KT and me. Tell us about your thoughts, favorite tunes, and your