Stupid Question About Tenor Banjo Tuning and Setup
So the government refunded me some of my taxes (what a country!) and I really would like to get a tenor banjo. I have a 5 string banjo, that I tune to either Hillbilly G or Mountain Modal, and I’ll even pick some of these tunes on it, but I really would like a 4 string tenor to play this music on. So here comes the stupid question…tenor banjos in these hills are tuned CGDA, but I know that Irish players tune it to GDAE, just like the fiddle. Am I looking for a 17 fret neck? …a 19 fret neck? …does that even matter? or do I just tune the silly thing down a fourth? if so, should I look for a particular gauge of strings, or will any old set of tenor banjo strings do the job?
I got my flame retardent coveralls on, so feel free to rip away. It’s Friday so if you feel like some sport, then fair enough. We are talking banjos afterall. Of course any insight into tenor banjo setup for this music will be greatly appreciated