The Case for the “Plectrum-played” Banjo

Before I write a word, let me say this: I admit, I was at one time staunchly “PRO four-string banjo,” to the point of being jealous of (“why do they get all the banjo attention?”), and basically “against” the five-string. Because of that reputation, I may still come across as such in my writing, but I assure you, I am now firmly “pro-banjo.” Regardless of how many strings it happens to have (4, 5, 6, 7, what does it matter?)—or what kind of music is played on it—the unique banjo sound and look is the same.