Hi, all banjo lovers. I'm new to the forum, but I came across a very interesting for me topic banjohangout.org/archive/266027 titled 'Is carbon fiber banjo possible ?' My answer to it is yes it is. Here is a short story. Few years ago I was asked to make few banjo parts using carbon fiber, but full time job as a carbon fiber guitar builder didn't leave me much spare time to do it. Over a period of time the circumstances changed as well as the idea grew in my head and I decided to setup a small workshop and build carbon fiber banjos. I started with a build of a open back banjo and discovered it's great potential. It was time for resonator banjo next and very soon I realized that this is much bigger challenge. The design of master moulds and final moulds was the hardest as well as most important part of the whole project, but every extra day that I spent on design paid back. Enjoy the video and please tell me what You think.
Very interesting guys. I'm loaded with questions. I used to build fiberglass boats so somewhat familiar with blending fibers and resins.
I also use carbon fiber rods and tubes in instrument construction. Those structural elements are made with CF, epoxy, compression and heat. I think mostly pultruded.
When you are building guitars or banjos, or parts thereof, are you laminating carbon fiber sheets, or laying strands of carbon in a mold with some epoxy resin?
The carbon fiber materials I use are densely populated with carbon strands.
How does that compare to home brew layups? Especially ratio of carbon:epoxy resin?
What a coincidence. I use to build fiberglass boats as well:). Composites are very useful in did. My bajno is built using vacuum infusion process, which means that all the materials are put into a mould dry and then infused with resin under vacuum. this technique produces perfect resin to fiber ratio.
I was wondering what type of process you were using.
I remember seeing some composite guitars somewhere that incorporated some really nice wood veneers giving the more traditional wood appearance. It was pretty impressive as are your banjos. Do you have a web site? I'd love to see some guitars and more of your work. I wonder if the guitars I saw were yours.