[Dixielandjazz] Banjoline was banjolene

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 8 14:32:48 PDT 2003

And this snip is from Eddie Peabody's tribute site by John Wilder

He is credited with designing the "Plectrum" style of banjo. He also
invented the "Banjoline", sort of a hybrid electric 6-string
banjo-guitar that sounded somewhat like a Hawaiian guitar, but was tuned
just like a plectrum banjo. The Banjoline's body was shaped like a
hollow-body electric guitar, and it had a plectrum banjo like neck
(Thin, like a banjo, rather than thick, like a guitar neck) with 6
strings. The 1st and 2nd strings were not doubled. The third string was
doubled, and the two strings were tuned in unison (like the doubled
strings of a mandolin). The fourth string was also doubled, but the two
strings were tuned an octave apart.

Banjolines were sold for a short time by the Rickenbacker and Fender
Guitar Companies.

Steve Barbone

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