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Inlay help request

Posted by Brentk5s on Wednesday, January 14, 2009

At Koala_in_PJ's suggestion (Thank you Kip) I'm putting up my concept for the inlay on my new custom Buckeye. In t he hopes that someone will be better able to render this than I can or perhaps suggest improvements that I could never have thought of on my own. I encourage you to check out Greg's site ( ) to get an idea of what his artistry is like. 

The curly maple banjo will have a 12" rim with Fyberskyn head.  I have chosen the modified Mystic headstock.  When I placed the order I thought I knew what I wanted, but now that i have spent more time with it I am less sure of my original concept.  So now I am working with something of my own design.  Never a good Idea, I know, but how often do you get a banjo custom built so here goes.

The banjo on its own is beautiful.  It doesn't need much, if anything, but I do like abolone. So my concept is to have inlay in three places: In the headstock, in the fretboard between the 7th and 8th fret (i like inlay that extends more than one fret), and in the scoop.  I want the design in all three place to look like it belongs together as a unified whole. 

My concept is basically three modified diamonds with a swirl around the outside.  That would appear between the sixth and seventh fret.  The diamonds alone would appear in the headstock and the swirl alone in the scoop.  I m concerned the my effort loks too much like a heart or, for those of you old enough to remember, 'Funny Girl.'  The heart is not neccissarily out of place.  It is a very Victorian image.  You can see my doodle in my photos.

Let me know what you think.  Let me see if there is some way to make this look like it belongs on my banjo.


3 comments on “Inlay help request”

gkuchan Says:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @11:40:33 AM

It looks very simmilar to a Flur de Lis....Personaly I like it.

rot-n-dobe Says:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @3:33:34 PM

there's absolutely nothing wrong with your design. i think it looks very nice, and its origional.

tassiespirit Says:
Monday, February 23, 2009 @2:12:24 PM

Nice design, would definitely individualise you banjo, I think what you put on a headstock empowers the banjo.

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