Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

1151
Banjo Lovers Online


First Time Banjo Build

Posted by weinbergs on Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Thank you to Rudy and his banjo building 101, I modified his process to play around with looks that I liked from other banjos. All mistakes are my own all good points are thanks to his through commentary on the building process.


I did a 3 peice glue up neck with quarter sawn white oak and cherry, a grenadillo fretboard (from Luthiers Mercantile, pre slotted for a 22.5" scale), and a curly ash peg head overlay. I tried doing the put with a 10" hand drum but didn't like the sound so I built an 11" pot out of 18 pieces of hickory running like barrel staves and with a depth of close to 3" to try and bring out a little more of the bass. I got a goatskin head and stretched and tacked it. The hickory was a bit too hard and my pre drilling holes not quite deep enough so the tack line isn;t as even as I would like.


All that said I had a great time building it (2 1/2 months on and off) and learned a ton about the process and what goes into to producing different sounds from the banjo. Sadly I have caught the building bug and am already planning another build.

Here's a link to a sound clip:

http://www.banjohangout.org/myhangout/music.asp?id=106484#



Be the first to comment on “First Time Banjo Build”

You must sign into your myHangout account before you can post comments.



More posts from weinbergs

Newest Posts

Click for Details 'banjo mute' 1 hr

More >  

Hide these ads: join the Players Union!

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.078125