I have been making strinnged instruments with a round body, 1-3 strings and a fretless neck, one played with slide, one with slide or fingers and an (upright) bass thats "fretted" with fingers and hit with a drum stick instead of plucking or strumming (see pictures)
I don't know how to call them, they kinda look like a banjo, but have a hubcap, 'lil traffic sign, and a bucket as resonator, instead of a drum... i'd like to call them "thrash banjo's", but not shure if that is accurate
I'd like to hear your opinions about the subject, since you are the Banjo People, thanks
Cool instruments Iain. I was thinking about this recently when I made a 3 string. It's round, has a skin head, so I figure it qualifies as a banjo. The hubcap and the traffic sign scream banjo to me, the upright maybe not so much. I'd be tempted to call that something like a "gutbucket", but I like the term thrash banjo too. I really think it depends on how you approach playing them more than the looks or design.
Bottom line: If you say it's a banjo, then it's a banjo ;)