The Artiste Blueboy 5 String Banjo with starter package, includes the banjo setup ( view here Set Up ) GEARED FIFTH, GIG BAG, the Geoff Hohwald DVD "5 string banjo for the beginner", clip on electronic TUNER. Buy Now $459
What is not commonly known is that banjos require adjusting this is called the banjo set-up procedure and is not usually done from large, impersonal music stores, & from staff that are not familiar with banjo issues, man-hours are not invested into setting up the banjo; they just ship it out. Artiste banjos come set-up
Set-up is of extreme importance that ensures correct string spacing for easy fingering, string height to avoid fret buzz & easy fingering, bridge positioning for intonation, head tension for optimum tone / volume, & performance, & all metal parts checked for no rattles. No set-up is the foremost reason why people find it difficult to play & listen to a poorly performing banjo.
Ask any instructor or professional musician and you will be informed that no set up is the foremost reason why people find it difficult to play & listen to a poorly performing banjo.
PRO DESIGN FEATURES
1 > CORRECT BRIDGE POSITIONING FOR INTONATION
2 > GEARED FIFTH / Artiste Instruments includes a geared fifth for ease of use & stability of tuning
A friction tuner is not as stable as a geared 5th tuning peg and will slip which will cause your 5th string to go out of tune.
3 > PLANETARY TUNERS, are a very quick & precise way to increase tuning stability & change tunings
>>>> AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SETUP ! http://www.banjos.co.nz/settings.htm <<<<
4 > BANJO SET UP, BRIDGE POSITIONING & INSPECTION are not done by drop ship merchants, this means NO PICKUP = NO INSPECTION = NO SETUP !
5 > NO SETUP & POOR INTONATION with a FRICTION FIFTH (instead of the Artiste Instruments included geared fifth) = POOR SOUND, TUNABILITY & PLAYABILITY = CEASE TO PLAY !
6 > SETUP & INSPECTION = GOOD PLAYABILITY & PERFORMANCE
Banjo's require adjusting FOR PLAYABILITY & PERFORMANCE, the "setup" procedure is NOT DONE FROM DROP SHIP MERCHANTS, & usually not done from large impersonal music stores & staff not who are not familiar with banjo issues. Man-hours are not invested into setting up the banjo. Artiste banjos come set-up
Set-up is of extreme importance for PERFORMANCE ensuring correct STRING HEIGHT & EASY PLAYABILITY, avoiding fret buzz, bridge positioned for intonation, head tension for optimum tone / volume, & performance, & checked for no rattles
GEARED FIFTH, PLANETARY TUNERS, Abalone headstock inlay, armrest & rim thumb screws.
Beginning banjo DVD
Mahogony Rim with thumbscrews
Remo WEATHERKING banjo head
High gloss finish
Maple bridge ebony tip
Full 24 brackets
Silver chromed hardware