View Full Version : Cheap Banjo, Upgrade Ideas?

Jun-26-2016, 9:39am
Hi again. As stated in my first post (http://www.banjocafe.net/forum/showthread.php?451-New-Member-(aren-t-we-all-)) I inherited a cheapo Davison 6-string banjo (like this one (https://www.amazon.com/String-Guitar-Closed-Resonator-Brackets/dp/B009FKHV62)) for free from the family of a deceased friend and playing partner. So due to sentimental value I'll keep it. I've set it up and changed out the string gage, added a twin head pickup, and really like playing it. At Wintergrass last year I got a nice Nechville wooden armrest for a good price. I'm wondering about other potential upgrades to either enhance playability or tone. Being new to banjo, I don't know what is worth doing and what isn't. So what would anyone recommend? New bridge? New resonator? New head? Thanks!

Jun-27-2016, 8:22am
I have a 5 string Davison. A lot depends on what kind of sound you want. For me, the fiberskyn head really helped give me the sound I wanted. Also, I would recommend Don New's bridges. 100+ year old Barnwood Spillway Dam Banjo Bridge. Here's the Banjo Hangout link: http://www.banjohangout.org/classified/26894