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My first banjo

Posted by Tom Smith on Friday, February 10, 2012

I've been a member here for just over a year, and I thought at some point I should buy a banjo. It's finally happening, and I can't wait. I'm getting an old time fretless banjo from John Peterson. He's been very helpful and easy to work with. He's providing updates as he builds it, so I thought I'd post the progress as it happens.

I had seen one of his banjos with a highly figured wood for the fingerboard, and I liked that. so I asked John about the availability of such wood. He found a cool piece of Cherry that fit the bill, and sent be a photo of the selected piece, which I posted in my photos. It's exactly what I had in mind.

More to come...



10 comments on “My first banjo”

VancePants Says:
Friday, February 10, 2012 @9:51:22 AM

Congratulations Tom! It will be interesting to follow the crafting process along. Nothing like a new banjer to motivate ya!

erikforgod Says:
Friday, February 10, 2012 @10:20:20 AM

congrats Tom!!

Tom Smith Says:
Friday, February 10, 2012 @10:22:40 AM

Thank you! It may just be another way to embarrass myself, but I?m excited, nonetheless.

Canuckbanjoplayer Says:
Friday, February 10, 2012 @12:55:10 PM

You'll love your banjo!

Hankon5 Says:
Friday, February 10, 2012 @2:09:49 PM

That's exciting--Good luck and pick hard!

Hank

Hankon5 Says:
Friday, February 10, 2012 @2:18:32 PM

That's exciting--Good luck and pick hard!

Hank

Hankon5 Says:
Friday, February 10, 2012 @2:23:10 PM

That's exciting Tom---Pick hard and keep pickin'

Tom Smith Says:
Saturday, February 11, 2012 @4:36:35 AM

Gosh Hank, you're as excited as I am! LOL.
I just got another update. The hoops are cut. I posted photo. Tom

erikforgod Says:
Saturday, February 18, 2012 @5:26:17 AM

The more I see these ole mtn style fretless banjos..I like Petersons..I think I may pull the trigger for one eventually..all black walnut with a brass fingerboard for U$S 175..Id say thats a purty dawg gone fair price..and dang sound great too!

Tom Smith Says:
Saturday, February 18, 2012 @6:02:58 AM

I haven't seen mine yet in person, but I feel like I have because he sent me email photo updates every 2 days, on average. I just went back to my email to check the timeline, and the email from PayPal was dated 2/9, and the email from John saying the banjo had shipped was dated 2/17. Eight days! I am going on vacation on the 24th, and it should arrive here on the 23rd.

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