|Project by Brett||posted 05-10-2012 11:55 PM||1648 views||7 times favorited||12 comments|
This is it, my new banjo!
Madrone neck, black walnut fingerboard, quartersawn sycamore overlaid on the peghead and the pot. Tuners and strings from the local music shop, fret wire, head, tension hoop, tail piece and tensioners purchased from Stewart-MacDonald.
This was a pretty intimidating project going into it because, 1. I have never built a banjo before and 2. I don’t know how to play a banjo to even know what I should or shouldn’t do! The build is not complicated but there were some very specific details about the construction that, if I didn’t find out about, could have made the banjo difficult to play or maybe not even playable. I found a website that was key in giving me the confidence to attempt to build one for myself here. A Google search for “how to build a banjo” or “building a banjo” found some others that were helpful too.
If you want to check out some really nicely built banjos, check out Seedersinstruments.com, I really like the style and quality look that these banjos have without the usual banjo “flash”.
I hope to put up a video “tour” of this banjo and show how it sounds. I can’t play so it shouldn’t be a very exciting video but interesting, I hope.
Thanks for checking this out!
Here is a video for the banjo.
-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com