Are you stuck thinking about where to get a banjo? Come on in, shop online and check out our featured products! An online banjo shop is a great place to find this interesting musical instrument, similar to a guitar. The banjo is a stringed musical instrument of African American origin adapted from several African instruments. Enslaved Africans in the American South and Appalachia fashioned the earliest banjos after instruments they had been familiar with in Africa, with some of the earliest instruments sometimes being called “gourd banjos”. One predecessor to the banjo is called the “Akonting.” It is a spike folk lute played by the Jola tribe of Senegambia. The name banjo commonly is thought to be derived from the Kimbundu term mbanza. Some etymologists derive it from a dialectal pronunciation of “bandore”, though recent research suggests that it may come from a Senegambian term for the bamboo stick used for the instrument’s neck. Guitar musicians will often play the banjo.
The banjo consists of a wooden or metal rim with a plastic polyester (PET film) or calf or goat skin drumhead stretched across it, a neck mounted on the side of the rim, a tailpiece mounted opposite the neck, four or five strings, and a bridge. The woods used in construction vary, but are often combinations of maple, walnut, and ebony for fingerboards, pegheads, and the tops of bridges. In the five-string banjo, the fifth peg is normally on the side of the neck, although some English versions (the Zither banjo) mount the fifth string tuner on the tuning head with the others, and route the string through a tube in the neck where it exits near the fifth fret.
Banjos can be found at the local Banjo Shop or any online Banjo Shop.
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