Just got a reply to one of my comments on another forum. I had objected to the use of silly names like "banjitar" to refer to Six-String Banjo. Here's the response:
I just read your review about the new 6 string banjo you bought.
You might be interested to know that the term "banjitar" is the commonly accepted term in banjo circles to describe a 6 string banjo that's strung like a guitar and has been around for a long time.
My objection to such names (including "git-jo" and others) is that they trivialize the 6-string banjo's history as an instrument in its own right and reinforce the opinion (held by a wide range of uninformed people who play guitar OR 5-string) that the six-string banjo is nothing but a toy for guitar players who don't want to learn another instrument. It's a banjo in its own right, and has been for over a century.
BTW, when guitar players buy tenor (4-string) banjos and tune them like the highest four strings of a guitar (EBGD), they call it "Chicago tuning," not "guit-tenors" or something stupid like that. 4-string banjos that are tuned like cellos (ADGC) are called "Tenor banjos," not "Cell-jos." If you tune a 4-string banjo like an octave mandolin (EADG), it's an "Irish Tenor," not a "man-jo."
On top of that, when 1920s Jazz banjo players started needing to double on guitar and they ordered four-string guitars and tuned them like Tenor Banjos (ADGC), they called them "Tenor Guitars," not "Ten-guits" or ?????
Why should a classic (if rare before 1980) instrument that is ALL banjo get stuck with a name that makes it sound like some sort of hybrid or toy for the lazy?
My Deering D-6, by the way is ALL banjo, including a banjo-length neck and the same tone ring, flange, pot, and resonator as the Deering Deluxe. Other banjo manufacturers have let their 5-string customers intimidate them into using silly names for their 6-strings. To me that says a lot about their attitude toward their 6-strings. If they can't even bring themselves to call them banjos, I don't want one. Sorry. Flame off.