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Matthew Borczon
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At 8:22pm on June 21, 2014, Ryan Rose said…

Hi, Matt. Sorry I didn't reply to your question about my banjo earlier. I haven't been on in a while. Anyway, it sounds good. Not quite as "plunky" as a normal banjo, but it's got a nice twang to it. A later addition that's not in the pictures is a small strip of rubber shelf matting under the bridge. It deadens a little bit of the sustain, and pushes it a bit from guitar to banjo territory. Not a huge difference, and not really necessary, but it's what I did. The toothpick frets are holding up ok, mostly because I never play it. But all of my builds have toothpick frets, and none of them have any wear that's detrimental to playability. The eyebolts are so-so on this particular build, because they don't hold their tuning, but that's due to poor drill bit choice. On most of my other builds, they hold their tuning very well (most, because I used the same drill bit on another one, and have the same problem).

At 10:20pm on May 10, 2014, Wichita Sam said…

Matt, Thanks for the comment.  It was super frustrating, trying to get that track laid down. I was back and forth between using a baritone 4string and a 3 string run through a Boss octave pedal.  Add the usual production grungees, that what I thought to be an easy track took me right to the dead line.  A great example of "maybe not done, but finished".

Nice review from a performer that I respect means a lot.  I'll get to give the whole CD a listen tomorrow.  I expect to enjoy yours.  Let you have detail critique :-) of yours later.

Thanks again and blessings, 


At 8:36am on May 4, 2014, Glenn Watt said…
For starters Matt, thank you for sharing your bandcamp page with me! I gave each track off of your newest release a listen and was particularly taken with Coal Miners, Shady Grove, and Wreck on the Highway. Great stuff! It has me looking forward to going back and listening to your earlier releases.

Thank you also for sharing with me your recording setup. I enjoyed your sound and in turn am now questioning what direction I want to experiment with first: direct recording or mic'ed.

I see that you are in PA. Hopefully I'll see you for the CBG Fest in York in August.

Take care Matthew. I may hit you up with more questions!
At 11:44pm on April 24, 2014, Roy D Durrence said…

I will check out your video for sure. I know Diana makes some really nice instruments. I've seen some of her three string stick dulcimers and they are quite impressive.

Thanks again for the compliments, and I will watch your video soon.

At 9:32pm on April 24, 2014, Muddy Creek Guitars said…
Thanks for your comments on my Autism Awareness guitar! It was fun to work on!
I like the gits you build. I hope you have good luck selling them!
At 4:19pm on April 24, 2014, Dave Lynas said…
You did a great job on the decoration. You succeded in the rustic look for sure. Thanks for showing.
At 3:28pm on April 24, 2014, Roy D Durrence said…

Again, thank you for the great compliments on both banjo builds. 

At 3:27pm on April 24, 2014, Roy D Durrence said…

The cedar Kristoff box banjer is has a loud yet mellow kind of sound. There is of course not the sound there of a rawhide head more that of a cedar guitar body. Yet it still has a twang and banjo quality about it.

At 3:20pm on April 24, 2014, Roy D Durrence said…

Thanks Matt. If you pull any video on you tube of someone playing an" Appalachian Mountain Banjo" it will give you an idea of what the Americana Salute banjo sounds like. I just am not set up to make a decent recording right now or I would.

It's really a matter of opinion as to how well I play, I suppose. I played five string and tenor banjo, as well as mandolin in a couple of bands for about ten years. Both Scruggs style and clawhammer. I rarely do any Scruggs style anymore because I love old time clawhammer and drop thumb much better so that's what I do.

I do appreciate your compliments on the build. 

At 12:37pm on April 24, 2014, the anonymous pick said…

thanx for the kind  words  back  ;-)




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