What if you splice a banjo with a Fender type Telecaster? Well evidently you get the “Tranjocaster”. Looks pretty neat.
A 5-selectric banjo in amplified action
Here’s the Youtube channel.
“Centuries ago, somewhere in West Africa, the banjo was born on the knees of griots—storytellers who improvised their lyrics as they performed. Almost like forerunners to today’s hip-hop artists, griots interacted with their audiences using call-and-response patterns to liven up the crowd. Their instruments—strings and animal skins tacked across hollowed-out gourds—are considered the first banjos.” Read article here.