All work and no play makes Jack a dull banjo
picker, we always say. When you mix to many hours in the paint booth
and some good ole southern boys, a formula for just
about anything is possible. While we take our banjos very seriously, we also
realize that the world can be a better place with a little laughter.
With banjo deposits on our brains, it seems that the banjo is most often the topic of our fun. Please
join with us and have a laugh or two. Be assured, we mean no
offence to anyone.
Aliens Visit the Yates Shop
We are often asked how we obtain the sound in our banjos. It is by no means magic or anything to do with radiation.
The simple truth is that we are helped by aliens from outer space.
Those little fellers have a fascination for banjos and the great pickers
that use them. The picture to the right was taken above the shop
in June, 2008 of their space craft.
The aliens scan the time waves and listen to their favorite banjos as we
listen to the different stations of today. This example was a
recording that we intercepted back in 2008 while they were communicating
with their home planet. Click Here
and listen. And they say people from far out don't exist.
See for yourself.
Outsourcing Banjo Lessons to Another Country
Today it is often that we call tech lines for help just to end up talking
with a person from another country. It is one thing to have to work
through the language differences but quite another to realize that they are
reading to you from a manual.
In this skit, Abdul (played by Bob Macchia) answers a tech call and tries
to teach a banjo lesson to a high strung southern boy (played by Donnie
Little) and bites off just a little more than he chew.
Hey! Listen to this!
The Climax Watch Test
Johnny Butten, Guinness Book of World Records,
fastest banjo player visits the Yates Banjo shop and tests the power of a
In this skit, we reenact one of the old style TV commercials that used to
air where the watch would be subjected to extreme conditions to show the
durability of the watch. In this case the banjo takes a ticking and
keeps on picking while the watch is destroyed.
As it turned out, the Bob'sbloopers were more funny than the
original idea so we could not resist adding them in there.
How Banjos are Made at Yates
This video shows many of the process used at Yates to build
our banjos. Ron Stewart plays his Yates through it. At the end
of this video we show some of the results to our high tech testing
procedures. Watch closely and you just might pick up on one of our
highly keep secret processes.
The Hazards of Playing a Yates Banjo
In the previous video, you saw the injection of energy that
we put into our banjos due to our secret process. A great
responsibility is required to not let this energy source get out of hand.
Nostril Domus (a local banjo picker and Bluegrass singer) predicted that by
the year 2012 there will be enough Yates banjos in the world that if by
chance they were all to picked at the same time, it could cause catastrophic
disasters and the banjo world would end as we know it.
All members of the family must pull their own weight in a tight economy.
No Joke Here!
Is the Future of the Banjo Unfolding?
Try to play this stuff on a standard banjo.
That's all I've got to say about that.
In this video, Warren Yates becomes obsessed with the tone of the banjo and
the ability that Ron Stewart has to pull good tone. Being a mad
scientist with the passion to play like Ron, he finds a way to become Ron
Stewart. Not ever being satisfied, he goes for the gusto and shoots
for Earl when the equipment is not heavy duty enough to handle it. Needless
to say, we're going to need another Warren.
Pluck Johnson is a reporter that is too cheep to buy a concert ticket so he
does his reporting and interviewing outside looking through the back door.
His style has a striking resemblance to a NASCAR interview. No video
just a radio broadcast.
This shows how to pat you head, rub your stomach, and play the banjo all at
the same time.
Look Ma, No Brains!!!!!!!!!
See Donnie Little play a tennis racket like a banjo just before his big
The worlds first plutonium tone ring.
In the search for the ultimate everything, the
guys at Yates Banjos attempt to create the ultimate banjo picker.
Patterned after Frankenstein, they create a spectacle of themselves all in
fun. Warren Yates plays the mad scientist, Bob Macchia as Igor, and the
ultimate banjo picker / monster is played by the one and only Donnie
One day outside the door of area 51, this smiley face balloon was sitting
there looking at me just between the still and where the space ships land. I
guess it fell from the sky. I placed a rock on the string and took my
phone and took this picture. I then went back to work. About 20
minutes later I decided to go and get it and put it on the wall as a
reminder to have a nice day and it was gone as mysteriously as it came.
I never saw it again.
Warren Yates and Donnie Little playing Dueling Banjos just before the fight.
Is Banjo Man faster than a speeding bullet?
The mad scientist, Warren Yates, is always researching
ways to make a better banjo or to become a better banjo player. You just
never know what he might try next.
Ron Stewart sets up two Yates Skillet Head banjos for the
customers. One is left handed but he plays it any way.
A mouse gets into the banjo shop and all of the employees head for the
hills. Nerdle Man has to come in and remove the varmint.
Should you play your Yates banjo as much as you want?
Is a Yates banjo faster than a bass fiddle?
The most interesting banjo player in the world.
A Banjo Man sighting that made the news.
Warren Yates teaches how to select a tree to build a banjo. Banjo Man shows
that it doesn't work.
A shooter with sound effects?
Just anther day at the office
Bad hair cut
Warren performing standup at the Comedy Zone 1
Warren performing standup at the Comedy Zone 2
The Kidney Stone
Learn to play the banjo in only seven days with Donnie Little