So an idea came to me (possibly a dumb one), but I was wondering: has anyone ever made a banjo neck with a violin type pegbox and scroll instead of a peghead? How good/bad/odd would that look? Just spitballing ideas, seeing what sticks.
Brandt and Lyon and Healy put scrolls on some of their mandolins. Dulcimers are made with a somewhat simplified violin scroll. There are lots of slot head instruments sans scroll. Cutting a scroll requires a set of wood gouges with carefully chosen sweeps and a lot of practice.
Thanks for the quick replies! I am still in the planning/early construction stages of a cherry open back banjo, and the idea struck me early in the morning. And a quick follow up question, would metal banjo strings still wear into the pegs too much, or would the pegs hold fine?
A lot of people do that. As for the pegs, you can use the ones intended for violins, but I find them sketchy with steel strings (don't ask me why I know that). You might consider modifying the pegbox so that there is a center piece dividing it into two sections, which would allow you to use geared classical guitar tuners, some of which are designed for seel strings
If you're concerned with steel string tension you can easily install Pegheds tuners which have the identical look of a standard wood friction peg but incorporate a 4:1 ratio planetary gear reduction and friction clutch.
culloden.....I own a "bnajitar" that has a peghead just like the one you pictured on the right. It has a violin type head with guitar tuners and has that little square piece of wood at the end of the curl on the peg head. Where did you find that picture. I cannot find any info on mine. I bought it from a guy in Romania. The whole thing is kind of a mess. The tuners don't hold, I can't figure out how the neck is attached. It's a metal pot with a dowel inside that looks like it might be just an ornament !! The action is so high the instrument can't really be played.