Posted by Hazen on Saturday, May 16, 2009
I just got my new parts banjo back from the luthier. I was in need of a good player due to an unfortunate series of events that left me without a good banjo.
Lewis Brandt supplied the neck and Dick Guggenheim supplies a block purple heart thin skirt two piece flange rim. Tommy Joy in Belmont NC fretted the neck along with making the heel cut and the nut. I know that banjo sound is subjective ,but man this banjo sounds great to me. When he started putting this one together I think that there was some doubt in Tommy's mind ,but when I picked it up he was all smiles. Nice bright sound and lots of volume. Nice to see what can happen when you put together a collection of great parts. It is not a Gibson but those 7 lettters do not make me play any better anyway.
This project is really funny because I already had all of these parts just laying around the house and now I have a complete instrument that sounds better than any I have owned and most that I have played.
If you can use any of the guys that I have listed as being suppliers do it. They are all first class folks.
Now for a maple resonator to make it all match.
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Saturday, May 23, 2009 @6:14:11 AM
I've got several great parts banjos as well.They're fun to put together and play.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 @11:33:06 AM
I started assembling parts banjos several years ago and now that's all I play. I enjoy having an $800 sleeper that holds up with the best of them.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 @5:12:34 AM
ditto... I wouldn't trade my current banjo, a parts banjo I built, for much of nothing :)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 @7:08:21 PM
Inspiring! Very cool. Sooo....lets here it man!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 @8:15:58 PM
I will post some sound files as soon as I get a recorder set up. Now I just need to learn to play as good as the banjo sounds.
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