Why do banjos have a dot at the 10th fret?

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Why do banjos have a dot at the 10th fret?

Post by Alien » November 23rd, 2012, 6:20 pm

I have done my due diligence at googling this, so I'll just come out and ask it.

Here's my working theory:
  • There are natural harmonics at frets 12, 7, & 5, so marking those is a good starting point.
  • Guitars have a dot at the 9th fret because it looks nice. There is a node there as well, so it all makes sense.
  • Banjos have a dot at the 10th fret because it looks... ugly. A banjo neck is pretty ugly to start with, this gives it a little extra disability just for show.
Another idea I had was that the 9th fret dot slowly migrated to a different spot, like the eye of a flounder. But that connection only makes sense after a couple beers.

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Re: Why do banjos have a dot at the 10th fret?

Post by tinsmith » November 23rd, 2012, 7:13 pm

Perhaps it has to do with capoing the 5th fret or something similar

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Re: Why do banjos have a dot at the 10th fret?

Post by s1120 » November 24th, 2012, 4:03 am

Alien wrote: Another idea I had was that the 9th fret dot slowly migrated to a different spot, like the eye of a flounder. But that connection only makes sense after a couple beers.
LOL! :lol: Ya. that one. Im running with that one. :D
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Re: Why do banjos have a dot at the 10th fret?

Post by Alien » September 6th, 2014, 2:03 pm

Bouzoukis also have a dot at the 10th fret.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouzouki#m ... chordo.jpg

The bouzouki evolved from the baglama, which often have evenly spaced dots. It's just that the frets are unevenly spaced...
http://www.saz-hamburg.de/media/catalog ... eyaz_1.jpg

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