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I've decided to build a banjo

Posted by Jethro Aberdeen on Thursday, April 1, 2010

       Ever since I got the Scruggs book, in the early 80's, I wanted to build a 5 string banjo . My woodworking skills were lacking and too many other interests were viding for my time, so I've got the bug again, so this is the year, now that my kids are all moved out, if the dog and my wife don't keep me too busy!

I've decided to make as much of it as I can myself, using information from  many sources I've collected from books the web etc.

So I'll post here for now until I have something exciting to show and tell. I'll do away with the 5th string tuning peg and end up with something like the "Bluestem open back" but with a resonator of some sort. This instrument will be my travel, camping model that I plan on using as much as posible.

That's all for now.


1 comment on “I've decided to build a banjo”

thecowpokepicker Says:
Saturday, April 3, 2010 @4:02:25 PM

Trust me, it's fun! And don't forget painstaking and frustrating at times. I don't know why they call me an 'apprentice' luthier anymore, now.
If I were to suggest something from my experiance... Don't make too much of the stuff yourself that looks complicated. If you've never made or 'put together' a banjo before, the means of neck and trussrod will be a bit difficult.

Have fun,

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