To make this Irish banjo, we use our 19-fret tenor neck with a 12″ open-back pot and tune it, GDAE or CGDA. The longer scale of our 19-fret tenor necks allows the banjo to have a warmer tone with clearer treble than 17-fret tenors, and the 12″ pot with a simple tone ring gives a bigger and mellowerer sound with dry clarity to the notes. We set up the Irish banjo with a Renaissance head which sounds more natural and clean. Our Sweetone tailpiece is added for modest pressure to keep the strings taught and the notes clear and shrill-free.
John Carty, one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians who tours with the re-formed super group, Patrick Street, has acquired a “Juniper” Irish tenor banjo and here is what he says about it:
“Having played and believed whole heartedly in vintage banjos all my life it was with some trepidation that I tried these brand new OME banjos. I was given a hand crafted instrument to try. The instrument had a 12 inch pot and I took to it immediately. It has the depth of tone I constantly look for, coupled with an extra sustain which is a particularly great quality for Irish banjo players as this allows our music to breathe. I found I didn’t need to be quite so busy in order to highlight the essence of the tunes. The ability of the instrument to sustain and lengthen the notes has given me a new zest for playing the banjo. Another characteristic I enjoy about it is its immediate efficiency, there’s no wrestling with it like with older instruments, it stays in tune and every note is true even the low A, B and C on the G string which is such a plus. Basically it is ready to play as soon as you take it out of the case and I think it has definitely improved my playing. I am so looking forward to gigging with this instrument.”