It has been a while since I last had a project build on this site, but I think my next build will make up for the silence. I am currently planning and ordering hardware for an electric banjo.
A few months back I started playing the banjo and have really been enjoying it. I have also wanted to make a musical instrument for some time now. After jamming with some folks on my banjo playing along to pop, rock and folk music I thought an electric banjo might make a nice fit. So I began looking around…
There really aren’t many options for electric banjos because not many are made. On top of that most look like weird guitar/banjo hybrids.
But after some searching I came across these videos on youtube…
Once I heard these banjos I loved the clean bright sound and simple look of the instrument. The sound was very much like an electric guitar, but still resembled a 5 string banjo due to its 5th string and playing style. Even the body design was unique and didn’t look like the deformed offspring of a guitar and banjo.
So after seeing those banjos I was inspired to make an instrument similar to it.
I am currently looking at and buying the hardware for the banjo so I can begin making some final plans and dimensions for it. My current ideas are to make an instrument similar to the banjo in the videos but with mahogany and a rosewood fretboard and possibly a solid body instead of hollow. I am thinking of a look similar to this Les Paul, but with a body shape similar to the banjo in the videos…
Until I get pictures of my final plans you will just have to use your imagination.
When I get the all the hardware and the design is finalized I will put up my next post with pictures and better design details. I will also do some videos throughout the build and when the banjo is done I will be sure to post some videos of how it sounds!
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