And, while i have been playing bluegrass almost exclusively the psst seven years, due to my mandolin interest, its not my favorite genre.
However, over the years, i have been integrating many open tunings, some normal, some pretty wierd, and clawhammer into my guitar life.
So, i broke down and bought a very good resonator banjo, just so i could try clawhammer, and enjoy the super gumby string feel. Just 'cos.
I know open back is more accepted for clawhammer, but, i thought a resonator was a better first choice, for me. The banjo world is.....confusing, so, i lurked, researched, and, hopefully made a decent choice. I love it! Its almost intuitive. And such a different animal. Kinda musical, kinda percussive, and very finicky tuning wise, for a while, until it settles, or, one capos. I had no idea what banjo player had to deal with. Make my mando look like an electric in terms of tuning stability. Been picking out mozart, bach, and zeppelin.
I posted this because i was on the fence for a long time, but find it simply some of the most musical fun ive had since my first electric guitar and amp.
And, the banjo is at least as heavy as a les Paul. And, ergonomically, lets just say my arm and shouler are not used to being held out at3oclock, so im trying different ways to hold it. Its a blast. I highly recommend one for those of a mind. Im really surprised how much i like it.