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Cookie Tins and Odd Parts

Posted by JohnB on Friday, June 27, 2008

Well, I finally finished building my first (from scratch) banjo. It is not a very elegant instrument. The body started life as a cookie tin and the neck was two oak survey stakes that I glued up, then hand shaped. It has a minimal number of frets - but who  cares about playing a cookie tin up the neck anyway? From others that I have heard, the sound of this one is similarly  soft and mellow. A bit of volume control can be achieved by removing the back - but not much.

The cool part is that it was built out of odd parts and "stuff" that I had laying around the basement. It is amazing what you can turn into a musical instrument. There are a few pictures posted in my photos and my music tab has a recording of Grandfather's Clock being played on it.

1 comment on “Cookie Tins and Odd Parts”

Joanchek Says:
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @8:47:10 AM

John, check out Yopparai's page and photos.  He's a master at turning found objects into banjos and other musical instruments, and they sound really good!  He's a very nice guy, as well.

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