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(Finally) Trying to Build a Banjo

Posted by Stev187 on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Now that we are on holiday from shipbuilding for a while, I decided to get over my procrastination and attempt a banjo neck.  Here's what was left after I stopped chopping, sawing, carving, and sanding three pieces of wood: ebony, walnut, and rosewood.

I guess it sort of looks like a banjo neck.  It's going to be a fretless neck for a cheap old 11" pot I have lying around.  This one is mostly an experiment.  I am totally making it up as I go along--or should I say, "improvising."  There's plenty of work left to be done on it.

As the old Russian proverb goes:

Пе́рвый блин (всегда́)ко́мом.

"The first pancake is never any good." 

I read that the literal translation is "The first pancake is always a blob."  I like my version better.

 



5 comments on “(Finally) Trying to Build a Banjo”

PruchaLegend Says:
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 @12:43:13 AM

While the first pancake may never be good, that neck sure does look nice.

dbrooks Says:
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 @8:56:58 AM

That neck looks great, Steve. I admire your initiative and talent. Who knows where this will lead?

dbrooks Says:
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 @8:57:11 AM

That neck looks great, Steve. I admire your initiative and talent. Who knows where this will lead?

banjozane Says:
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 @10:52:17 AM

I like it man! Keep up the good work and post plenty of photos!

Stev187 Says:
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 @11:17:23 AM

Everyone is so kind and supportive here.  My goal with this one is to produce a really basic fretless--something similar to the banjo on the cover of Brad Leftwich's "Round Peak" book.  I'll post pictures.  Thanks for the encouragement!

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