How about some banjo frivolity for a Wednesday afternoon? Here is a YouTube clip featuring a bass banjo.

These were not too uncommon in the 1920s when banjo bands and orchestras enjoyed their brief window of popularity. They filled the role of an upright bass, with a bass scale neck and fingerboard mounted to a very large banjo body.

The banjo that ate New York?

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.