History of the Mandolin Instrument

The modern mandolin is an eight-stringed instrument in the lute family, although it first emerged during the 1600s and 1700s. With this article we delve into the very ancient history of this instrument, up to the modern day use.  Early History Cave paintings from around 13 000 BC indicate a single-stringed instrument played by a bow.…

Trinity River Drifter-Series 5-String Banjo Review

This is a review of the Trinity River Drifter-Series 5-String Banjo. Parlor banjos can also be called travel banjos. They're characterized by their shorter scale and slimmer frame, which makes it easier for players to cart them around to various venues. They were actually called parlor banjos back in the day because they were played…

Gold Tone Cripple Creek Banjo Review

The Gold Tone Cripple Creek banjo is a 4-string instrument that is tuned to plectrum. It can easily be tuned to tenor with a change of strings, though. It's a beautiful instrument with unique characteristics. It's well-constructed with great woods and has a resonator for strong sounds. Check price on Amazon Specifications Hard maple construction…

Kay KBJ40 Tenor 4-String Banjo Review

This Kay KBJ40 Tenor 4-String Banjo is a beautiful instrument that just screams for use in an Irish band. It's called the Kay Irish Rose Tenor Banjo, so that's one of the many reasons you can be comfortable using this banjo for that kind of music. It's a 4-string tenor with a short neck. While…

Deering Goodtime 4-String Tenor Banjo Review

The Deering Goodtime 4-String Tenor Banjo is a beautiful instrument made entirely of maple with nickel-plated accents. It has 17 frets, 4 strings, and geared tuners. The Deering company is one that's been a trusted brand for many banjo players both new and seasoned. It's tuned for playing Jazz, Celtic, or Irish music. Check price…