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Offline zoner

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Gus Cannon Banjo question
« on: February 25, 2008, 09:59:02 AM »
Any of you Weenies know what make/model banjo Gus Cannon played on the Jug Stomper's recordings?


Offline frankie

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Re: Gus Cannon Banjo question
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2008, 06:36:33 PM »
I've seen one picture of him where it looked like he was playing a Fred Van Eps Recording model banjo.  I think they were made by Lyon & Healy.  They had an aluminum resonator in the back (between the dowel stick and the head) and the dowel stick was carved to account for the resonator.  The heads used for those banjos actually had a hole in them.  In this picture:

it's kinda hard to tell, but it looks like he might be holding Buckbee.  If you're just looking for a banjo to play Gus Cannon tunes on, I'd think any period open-back would do just fine.

Offline Rivers

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Re: Gus Cannon Banjo question
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2008, 06:51:08 PM »
My thoughts exactly, especially Buckbee, which he is clearly holding.

Er, who exactly is Buckbee? I was thinking maybe an invisible Chihuahua. Ah wait, I googled, a Buckbee banjo. I'm sorry, I couldn't resist it.  ;)
« Last Edit: February 27, 2008, 06:54:40 PM by Rivers »

Offline zoner

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Re: Gus Cannon Banjo question
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2008, 09:40:25 AM »
Thanks guys...just picked up a Lyon & Healy Professional, which I think will work just fine.

Offline samjessin

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Re: Gus Cannon Banjo question
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2008, 12:00:53 PM »
but imo, more importantly, look at that SUIT!

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