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For Sale: "Partially" handmade Minstrel flush fret/fretless banjo

Posted By: Merfyn Dafydd | Rate Member

$900 USD

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Where to start with this one...

The pot is a 12" Snare Drum from the late 1890's or possibly early 1900's, which I converted into a banjo (hence the extra hole in the pot near the tailpiece). I believe the pot is painted Cherry wood. I'm a Luthier, and built the neck and dowel stick out of Maple and inlayed the custom made flush frets, which I made from bits of Maple and Ebony. The headstock is inspired by the old Sweeney banjos and it sports a large cutaway near the pot, which I got inspiration from after seeing some other banjo's from the 1860's that had a similar cutaway. The fingerboard is a thin piece of Walnut and the whole thing has been dyed black and coated with Lacquer. I also made the custom bridge, which is just dyed Maple, and the tailpiece, which is Ebony and inlayed with same piece of inlay I used at the 12th fret position. The dowel stick has also been carved, which you should be able to see in some of the pictures.

The banjo is strung with Aquila Minstrel strings (tuned dADf#A), has a 26 1/2" scale length, and the tailpiece is secured using rawhide. I also re-headed it with a thick calfskin head that sounds great. The shoes/hooks/nuts are from Rickard Banjos in Canada.

If you have any questions or would like to see more photos just let me know!


United States, Boise, ID, 83703



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