Wha??? Bass Banjo.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gopher Bob, Nov 27, 2001.

  1. Gopher Bob

    Gopher Bob

    Nov 24, 2001
    I just borrowed Primus - Tales from the Punchbowl today because Les is one of my favorite bassists. In the booklet it listed the instruments the members use and it says les uses a bass banjo (I'm pretty sure its on the song De Anza Jig). Whats a bass banjo? I have never heard of them before and I am very curious.
  2. uglybassplayer


    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    There was a feature article on the last page in Bass Player Mag a few months back (sorry, don't remember which month) on a "one of a kind" instrument dubbed "Banjozilla" made by some luthier. It was a huge "stand up" 4 string banjo.
  3. Ben_P


    Oct 2, 2001
    Alberta, Canada
    That shouldn't say smaller it should it stronger.
  4. Gopher Bob

    Gopher Bob

    Nov 24, 2001
    thanks you guys!!!!! its good to know i have a whole family of great bassists to answer questions when needed. :D
  5. I have seen two types. One has a neck like a regular electric bass, but a standard banjo type body. They sell them at a store called Lark In the Morning in San Francisco, CA, USA. I thought they would sound better than they did. It was somewhere between a thunk and a clink, if that says anything.
    The other type I have seen (on ebay) is of the standup variety. It had a regular standup bass neck, but the body was a huge banjo drum. I've never played one of those.
    I don't know which kind Les uses.

  6. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    I saw a picture on one of these threads awhile back that had a pic of victor wooten playing the bass banjo... It looked monstrous..
  7. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    The green one??? I forgot about that one:eek:
  8. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Music Man/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Les plays one more with a standard bass type body. He used it on there videoplasty home movie to record a track on tom waits newest album. In concert though he just uses his NS electric upright to play de anza jig.:D :oops:
  9. uglybassplayer


    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey