• maurice mcmurry

Mellowtone Octave Banjo

Updated: 2 days ago

The Amazing Grace and You Are My Sunshine audio and Banks Of The Ohio videos are by Ethan Froese. Ethan is also an admired educator and cycling champion.


It is strung with a plain.017 drone, .046w, .040w, .032w, .026w and tuned in A.

For G (an octave low) I think it will need slightly heavier strings. I am also going to try it with a sliding capo for a wound .026 drone string.

Rustic Maple back and sides, Old Standard Adirondack Red Spruce Top, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fret Board, Peg Head Overlay and bridge, Walnut Trim, Spanish Cedar Liners.

Single Acting Adjustable Truss Rod, Grover 18:1 Sta-Tite Tuners, Schatten Pizeo Pickup.


I am not a banjo player but have been enjoying stumbling around on this.

I am also no music theorist... having the A drone string open to the nut allows some chords that I think sound cool.


Audio Video of my attempt at a song called "Clam Chowder"









































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