What it sounds like
November 3 2012, 8:20 AM
After a marathon session slotting the nut, it's strung up in the white and works fine. Standard builder's disclaimer: Pardon the playing.
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Nov 3 2012, 6:34 PMDaryl responded:Awesome! You're pretty good. You must have learned this before finishing, eh? So... is it fretless? I can't see the whole neck from here but it doesn't appear to have any frets.
Nov 3 2012, 6:46 PMShawn Hoover responded:Thanks! I learned on a loaner several months ago, so yes, that's a remnant of prior practice. Those pictures don't show much, but the neck has 15 frets (or I'd be sliding around even more looking for the notes). If you back up a page or two you can see some of the fretting process and full length shots.
Nov 3 2012, 6:52 PMDaryl responded:Yeah, actually I did check out the other photos after I commented and I saw they just don't go the whole way up to the neck. I guess banjo players don't play up that high. :)
Nov 3 2012, 7:36 PMShawn Hoover responded:Probably most do have 20-22 frets, but in the modern take on old time banjo it's popular to put a scoop in place of the upper frets to allow easy access to pick in that area for a mellow sound. Speaking of modern, I had to crop those last photos pretty close to minimize the visible electronic office equipment :)