Banjo guitar

Banjo guitar or banjitar[1] or ganjo (Australia) is a six-string banjo tuned in the standard tuning of a six-string guitar (E2-A2-D3-G3-B3-E4) from lowest to highest strings. The six-string banjo was introduced in the late 19th century. Less widespread than four- and five-string banjos, it was reintroduced in the latter part of the twentieth century with the modern guitar-like tuning.

The six-string "banjo guitar" should not be confused with the five-string banjo (played by Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs and others), which retains re-entrant banjo tuning with a high-pitched short drone string going halfway up the neck.

The zither banjo has six tuning keys, but also only five strings as the short fifth string goes up a hole at the 5th fret up a channel under the fingerboard, and through a hole in the headstock to a tuning roller.

Banjo guitar players

Johnny St. Cyr was the first well known player of six string banjo. He used it in Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven, with Jelly Roll Morton, and in his own recordings after World War II. [citation needed] Numerous sources can verify this. The latest probably are cover text on two JAP cd records (312 and 313).

A number of musicians have played banjo guitars or guitjos, and one a double-necked guitjo.

See also


  1. Race, Paul. "What Is A Banjitar? - A Brief History of the 6 String Banjo". Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  2. Sebastian, Matt (2005-01-27). "One-of-a-Kind Instrument Gives Duo Unique Sound". Boulder Daily Camera. Archived from the original on June 22, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-03.