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'Mountain Minstrel' fretless 'A' scale banjo 

Posted 11/17/2009 8:30:05 AM

At long last I've finished my latest home made mountain banjo, a short 'A' scale fretless in American black walnut. I recorded it using a half decent condenser mic to try and do the sound justice. 'Ingredients': wildly figured American black walnut, ebony binding, brass finger plate and tailpiece (converted from an old door plate), brass position dots, aluminium tone ring (cut down from a plant pot), ebony fiddle pegs, goatskin head, Nylgut strings, gunstock oil finish, inlaid 200m year old fossil ammonite. The bridge is carved from the same walnut as the rest of the banjo and topped with ebony. I thought the swirl of the ammonite form would make a nice soundhole design for the back too. The head/pot assembly is (as on my last banjo) self contained and simply drops into the body, although this time I've included a rudimentary tensioning system using a sewn in cable and cable ties.

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