Name: Bass Banjo.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.6
Tunings: G / D / A / E
Country: United States of America.
Region: North America.
Description: Not unlike the development of the mandolin orchestra during the 1910s the banjo went through a similar phase in which the concept of the bass-banjo arose. These instruments share a parallel to the mandolin-banjo for both relying on a spike mounted on the bottom of the instrument. This particular banjo also has frets and is played vertically like an upright bass.
This instrument is fretted and has four strings tuned usually to G / D / A / E. The strings share the same in tension and diameter. The resonator is made from steel a calf-hide skin is used as a membrane completing the body. The neck is mounted and fretted to chromatic scale.