|Project by Randy||posted 04-28-2013 05:15 AM||2378 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
The inspiration for my son’s fourth birthday present came from this book. Although he is still very young, I thought the exposure to stringed instruments may be good for him.
The curly maple neck was actually made over 30 years ago (never used) by an accomplished banjo maker. It is a very short neck that was perfect for my son’s size. My friend and co-worker, Tom, who is a luthier assisted in getting it all put together correctly. We used Honduran Mahogany inside the tin as a brace and Gabon Ebony for the bridge.
It didn’t take long for my son to wind up one of the tuners so much as to break a string. So until he starts lessons, it will stay as a three string canjo. He has already asked Tom what we need to do to electrify it!