The Banjo Glossary Project 2017  
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Scale Length The Scale Length is the distance between the nut and the bridge. Banjo scale lengths vary somewhat but for standard size banjos (not banjeaurines, piccolo banjos, cello banjos etc.) tend to have scale... read more
Scooped Fingerboard A scooped fingerboard has its thickness reduced for a few inches from the pot. This allows more space between the strings and the fingerboard in an area where many clawhammer players strike the... read more
Scruggs Style Scruggs Style is the basic bluegrass three finger style of banjo playing. Named after Earl Scruggs, it involves working the melody into a near constant stream of notes called rolls. For emphasis, the... read more
Setup Adjustments Most fretted musical instruments require a bit of adjustment to optimize the sound and playability of the instrument. This adjustment is referred to as "setup." Typically on a banjo this involves... read more
Spikes See: Fifth String Capo ~ Railroad Spikes
Spin-on Resonator Spin on resonators are attached by a single bolt in the center that engages a threaded insert or nut attached to the dowel stick.
Spun Over Rim See: Metal Clad Rim
Style 7 (no. 7) The fanciest standard Whyte Laydie banjos were known as Style 7 or No. 7.
Style 9 (no. 9) The Style 9 Tubaphones were the fanciest of the non-custom Tubaphones. The inlay pattern was basically like that of a style 7 Whyte Laydie.


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