Banjo

Gary Morse points out that playing a pedal steel guitar can be complicated.  The pedal steel guitar has a series of levers and pulleys that when used often, such as in country music, require maintenance and tuning.  Gary ought to know as he is one of the top studio musicians in Nashville, often...
Frank Murphy opened Frailers Guitar & Banjo Shop, which is situated in Runcorn, Cheshire on the banks of the River Mersey - just southeast of Liverpool England. The store was established as a retail outlet of quality new and used vintage stringed instruments from Dobros to Martin guitars. Frank...
Chuck Neitzel joined Deering Banjo in January 1979 having previously been a woodworker with antique furniture. Chuck also brought with him a deep respect and passion for bluegrass music, which he had followed and played since he was a young man. Working closely with Greg Deering in the early days...
Sonny Osborne and his brother Bobby created one of the most powerful bluegrass sounds of their generation. The Osborne Brothers were powerful in popularity and their influence as well as their technique, which was not necessarily hard driving, but creative and flowing. They began recording together...
Fred Oster was encouraged by his cousin to play the guitar as a youngster, which quickly expanded to include playing the mandolin and the five string banjo. By the time Fred was playing banjo, during the height of the folk music movement of the early 1970s, he was hooked! He soon had the idea of...
Bruce Perrin is the Managing Director for Barnes & Mullins, located in Oswestry, England. The company was formed in 1895 and published the famous banjo magazine called “The Jo.” The company soon expanded to produce their own brand of banjos as well as importing instruments. Bruce became...
Daniel Puccio grew up in the music store his mom and dad ran in Corning, New York.  As you might guess, the passion for music was passed along to Daniel at a young age.  He played and later taught guitar in the store along with other instruments along the way.  While earning his doctorate in music...
Sam Radding is the founder the famed American Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company, which was the training ground for several future iconic luthiers including Bob Taylor, Kurt Listug and Greg Deering!  Sam’s brother opened a small retail store in San Diego in the mid 1960s and soon Sam had the...
Bill Rickard is the founder of Rickard Banjos – banjos featuring a classic design with modern innovations. In the early parts of his life, he fell out of touch with music. Following a tragic motorcycle accident, which took an arm and a leg from Bill, he reevaluated his whole life.  He began...
Bob Riskin started working for McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica just a few years after it opened in 1958.  Before long the shop was abuzz with the folk music boom and later played an equally important role in the folk-rock craze that expanded the shop to include electric guitars for the first...

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