This instrument is another example of musicians irresistable urge to experiment. While it does not contribute anything basic to the field, It does allow guitar players to play a strident, loud guitar and to at least look as though they were playing a banjo. There are some guitar finger-picking styles that work surprisingly well on this instrument and all else aside, it is fun to play!
Just to go to the extreme, I have seen and worked on a Banjo Bass. That is to say a six foot long banjo with a drum-head nearly three feet in diameter, with the same four heavy bass strings of the Base Fiddle, designed to be played verticaly by a standing player!Back to the Banjos