|Project by darkhollow||posted 960 days ago||1518 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
These are Mountain Style, fretless banjos. The Banjo on the left is the first one I even made. i made it about 16 years ago, inspired by hearing about how my Granny used to play the banjo as a girl. Both are made loosely on measurements in the foxfire 3 book. The one on the right was just completed, strung and played a bit. It is made from a Jello mold from a local thrift store. It has a very sitar-like sound to it. I may very well cut a couple of sound holes in the top to make it louder, but I’m not sure it will have the desired effect, so i’m leaving well enough alone for now. The new one is made from, obviously, an aluminum jello mold, scrap Cherry, curly Cherry, 150 year-old American Holly, Oak for the headstock, and a touch of walnut. The older one was made almost entirely of found, scrap wood (Walnut, Curly Maple, Beech, Mystery Wood, Pine, and a section of coffee can.) The headstock is made from a part of my Grandfathers old leg vise. It has a goat-skin head that was tie-dyed by a friend of mine. Originally, it was a five string banjo, but i never got the hang of the fifth string, and got tired of breaking it, so I took the fifth tuner off years ago. the new one will be a five-string, with the addition of the tuner I took off of the other one. Next musical project: A mandolin out of a steel, scallop-shaped mold or bread-pan of some sort (I have it already, i just don’t know what it was originally for.) A lot more tension on a mandolin, though, so I’m spending a lot of time engineering it in my head.
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