Kay Banjo

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Need help with banjo tuning.?

I recently purchased two 1940's Kay banjos. The only difference is one has four strings and the other has five. The four string has 19 frets which I believe to be a tenor banjo and the five string has 22 frets. Are they tuned differently? I'm new to the banjo and could use some help.

The tenor and 5-string banjos are very different and are used for different types of music. Unlike the 5-string banjo, which is played fingerstyle, the tenor banjo is usually strummed with a flatpick. It's usually tuned CGDA. It was popular in early jazz bands and is still used for Dixieland. 5-strings are often tuned GDGBD but there are various tunings. They're mainly used to play bluegrass, folk, and old-timey music.

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Vintage Kay 5 String Banjo with Carrying Case
Vintage Kay 5 String Banjo with Carrying Case
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Kay Kraft Banjo
Kay Kraft Banjo
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KAY 4 STRING VINTAGE BANJO IN CASE
KAY 4 STRING VINTAGE BANJO IN CASE
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Vintage Kay Banjo W Hard Case Unknown Model 38 x 13 390
Vintage Kay Banjo W Hard Case Unknown Model 38 x 13 390
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vintage US made KAY resonator banjo pot assembly complete with calfskin head
vintage US made KAY resonator banjo pot assembly complete with calfskin head
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Vintage Stromberg Kay Banjo Pot With Flange
Vintage Stromberg Kay Banjo Pot With Flange
$50.00
Vintage Kay 5 String Resonator Banjo Custom Eagle Design AS IS
Vintage Kay 5 String Resonator Banjo Custom Eagle Design AS IS
$100.00
Vintage 1960s KAY 5 String Banjo
Vintage 1960s KAY 5 String Banjo
$299.99
Vintage Kay 5 String Banjo
Vintage Kay 5 String Banjo
$200.00
1920S 30s No Name Banjo Ukulele possibly Harmony Kay
1920S 30s No Name Banjo Ukulele possibly Harmony Kay
$160.00
VINTAGE HARMONY KAY SILVERTONE BROWN ALLIGATOR SOFTSHELL BANJO CASE 1962 64
VINTAGE HARMONY KAY SILVERTONE BROWN ALLIGATOR SOFTSHELL BANJO CASE 1962 64
$149.00
Vintage circa 1972 Kay 5 string banjo Made in Japan cast pot 30 hook w case VG++
Vintage circa 1972 Kay 5 string banjo Made in Japan cast pot 30 hook w case VG++
$220.96
Unmarked Kay Tenor Banjo 4 String 1930s
Unmarked Kay Tenor Banjo 4 String 1930s
$275.00
KAY 5 STRING BANJO OPEN BACK OLD TIME
KAY 5 STRING BANJO OPEN BACK OLD TIME
$150.00
Kay Vintage 1960s 4 String Banjo
Kay Vintage 1960s 4 String Banjo
$290.00
Vintage 1960s Kay Tenor Banjo Redburst
Vintage 1960s Kay Tenor Banjo Redburst
$250.00
Vintage Original Circa 1949 Kay Old Kraftsman 5 String Banjo White and Brown
Vintage Original Circa 1949 Kay Old Kraftsman 5 String Banjo White and Brown
$599.00
Vintage Original Circa 1964 Kay Tenor Four String Banjo Original Soft Shell Case
Vintage Original Circa 1964 Kay Tenor Four String Banjo Original Soft Shell Case
$399.00
VINTAGE KAY 5 STRING TENOR BANJO K65T Leader w case
VINTAGE KAY 5 STRING TENOR BANJO K65T Leader w case
$415.00
Vintage Kay 4 String Banjo Waverly Tuners With hardshell case
Vintage Kay 4 String Banjo Waverly Tuners With hardshell case
$210.00
Vintage Circa 1930s Tenor Banjo Case For Supertone Kay Silvertone Etc
Vintage Circa 1930s Tenor Banjo Case For Supertone Kay Silvertone Etc
$69.00
Vintage Kay 5 String Resonator Banjo w Case
Vintage Kay 5 String Resonator Banjo w Case
$148.00
KAY TENOR 4 STRING BANJO MAHOGANY RESONATOR C1950 NICE
KAY TENOR 4 STRING BANJO MAHOGANY RESONATOR C1950 NICE
$259.00
Vintage Kay Banjo 5 string
Vintage Kay Banjo 5 string
$5,000.00
Kay K60 Folk Banjo late 1950s original case 30 brackets good condition
Kay K60 Folk Banjo late 1950s original case 30 brackets good condition
$189.00
1930s Tenor Banjo w Case New Head Unmarked Harmony Kay
1930s Tenor Banjo w Case New Head Unmarked Harmony Kay
$124.95
Vintage 50s Kay Silvertone Banjo Tailpiece Part Patent Applied for Project
Vintage 50s Kay Silvertone Banjo Tailpiece Part Patent Applied for Project
$20.00
Vintage KAY 4 String Banjo W case K1000T Artist
Vintage KAY 4 String Banjo W case K1000T Artist
$435.00
Stromberg Voisinet Kay Buster Brown Pearloid Resonator Banjo Ukulele w OHSC
Stromberg Voisinet Kay Buster Brown Pearloid Resonator Banjo Ukulele w OHSC
$599.99


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