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Posted by JonathonG on Thursday, October 6, 2011

Been trying to decide on upgrading banjos ( still playing the Gold Tone in my photo) want an Americian made banjo, so I've decided to build one. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I need all the help I can get.  Oh and I hope find some at first quality music on the 15th of October.

5 comments on “buildin one”

tgaryc Says:
Friday, October 7, 2011 @2:00:37 PM

I just finished an open back and have 2 more necks in the works. If you don't have a lot of patience find something faster to do like watching grass grow. It is not cheaper to build your own banjo unless you get free parts or cheap used parts. It costs around $200.00 for new parts just for the neck.
It is a worthwhile project if you have wood working experience and lots of time. Some people glue up the neck blank and let it set for a whole year. There are several free lessons on banjo building on the web, they are all a little different but you can learn a lot from them. Best of luck Gary C

JonathonG Says:
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 @5:20:41 PM

Thanks for the info, though I don't want to wait a year for the glue to dry. I've got a good idea what its going to cost, your right its not a lot cheaper, but its not as expensive as a gibson or a sullivian like I would like. Any pics of the open back?

tgaryc Says:
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @6:37:00 AM

I built a 26 3/16 scale and 1 3/8 nut and the one I am working on now is 25 1/2 scale length with a scoop and a 1 1/4 nut width. The waiting time is for the wood to settle in before you do any shaping or leveling. I am waiting again for the lacquer to cure be fore the final polishing. I think it is worth while to build a banjo it really makes you think about the neck shape and the strange angles of the banjo and what it takes to make it sound right, (what ever that is). I am looking for a old banjo for parts (cheap) but haven't found the right one yet. You can buy kits which will save you time and get you started quicker. best of luck Gary C

lbartosh Says:
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @11:40:31 AM

Jonathon, how's that new banjo coming along?

JonathonG Says:
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @3:23:28 PM

I am currently just working on my patience part. Because I haven't recieved any of my parts from frist quality yet they are waiting on my peg hed blank to cut the neck. I intend to post pics when recieve the parts before I get started. Thanks for checkin JonathonG

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