Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Tuning: E / A / D / G / B / E
Region: Many & North America.
Description: The six-string banjo was introduced in the late 19th century. Less widespread than four and five string banjos, it was reintroduced in the latter part of the twentieth century with the modern guitar-like tuning. The original Banjo Guitars were modified five string banjo’s with an added G-string. Around the same time in Europe they were known as “Guitar Zither’s” they were more common then in the USA.
The six-string banjo guitar should not be confused with the five string banjo as played by Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs and others. While the five string banjo retains its tuning. The zither banjo [a separate instrument all together] had six tuners but also only five strings the short fifth string going up a hole at the 5th fret up a channel under the fingerboard, through a hole in the headstock to a tuning roller.
Banjo guitar or Banjitar is a six-string banjo tuned in the standard tuning of a six-string guitar [E2 / A2 / D3 / G3 / B3 / E4] from lowest to highest strings.
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: deeringbanjos.com [banjitar article; what is a banjitar? By Paul Race – August 31, 2016] ;