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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Any luthiers doing five string conversions on dowel stick banjos?


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BanjoMc - Posted - 05/09/2020:  11:19:20


I have not one, but two dowel stick banjos that I'm looking into having five string conversions. In both cases I love the sound of the banjo, but the neck is not functional and I want to play five string style anyway. Is there anyone out there doing this at all?

mike gregory - Posted - 05/09/2020:  11:28:48


You want it done NICE, or you want it done CHEAP?



I cobbled a bit of walnut and a 5th peg onto a dowel-neck tenor.



Looks a bit odd, plays well enough for the client's purposes.

ChunoTheDog - Posted - 05/09/2020:  11:34:08


I believe Bart Reiter and a few others whose names escape me at the moment do this type of conversion.

spoonfed - Posted - 05/09/2020:  11:53:40


somebody must be doing them somewhere anyway, I have two old Vega pots with newer 5 string necks and, both retain their original dowel sticks .

Zachary Hoyt - Posted - 05/09/2020:  11:56:34


I got a PM from you this morning and wrote back by email a couple of hours ago, but maybe my reply didn't reach you. I do this kind of work fairly often.

srrobertsiii - Posted - 05/09/2020:  12:20:46


Zachary Hoyt has built necks of different scale lengths for me, and fitted them to existing pots. He is, imho, an excellent craftsperson, one of the easiest folk to work with you can imagine, and accessible and responsive while working on your banjo(s).

Bill Rogers - Posted - 05/09/2020:  12:23:36


Bart Reiter quit doing conversions years ago.

George Flink - Posted - 05/09/2020:  12:31:30


Brooks Masten does great work.

Ken LeVan - Posted - 05/09/2020:  12:46:52


I think any number of people could do this.  Much would depend upon whether you want to keep the dowel stick or convert to another type of neck attachment.



Before you commission it, make sure you still want a dowel stick on the conversion—sometimes it's best to preserve the original neck for posterity and make a new one with a better attachment system.

szbassoon - Posted - 05/09/2020:  14:22:49


quote:

Originally posted by mike gregory

You want it done NICE, or you want it done CHEAP?



I cobbled a bit of walnut and a 5th peg onto a dowel-neck tenor.



Looks a bit odd, plays well enough for the client's purposes.






Oh man, that's going to be my new response to any favor that somebody asks me to do.

mike gregory - Posted - 05/09/2020:  14:57:54


Thank you, Mr. Soon.
Fact is, I can and DID cobble up a long-necked banjo out of a salad bowl, a soft drink bottle, and some maple, for under $200


beegee - Posted - 05/09/2020:  15:40:28


I just bought an Eastman dowel-stick neck from Bernunzio to convert my old MayBell pot.Cheaper and faster and easier than building my own, which was my original plan.

Alvin Conder - Posted - 05/09/2020:  17:36:53


I had an incredible neck made for my Vega Little Wonder.

Made by Mark Hickler. First rate Quality. Quick turn around. And for the final product, damn cheap dollar wise. Could not be happier, and I am a big PIA when it comes to banjos and custom work.

His website:

hicklerbanjo.com/Home.html

I highly recommend.

BanjoMc - Posted - 05/10/2020:  18:45:02


quote:

Originally posted by Zachary Hoyt

I got a PM from you this morning and wrote back by email a couple of hours ago, but maybe my reply didn't reach you. I do this kind of work fairly often.






I emailed you back this evening. I really appreciated your quick response. 

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