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Aug 23, 2019 - 5:31:32 AM
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18 posts since 8/10/2019

Hello there. I'm new to banjo playing but have been an artist and woodworker for the last 20 years. So I thought I would make my own to learn on. It was a super fun build! So just thought I would share.

The pot is cherry and locust, the neck is curly cherry, the peghead and armrest are cherry and bog oak. The armrest is magnetic and can move easily. Everything was made from scratch minus the tuners and fiberskyn head. I made the tone ring based off of a tubaphone tone ring. So it is a steel chamber with a rolled brass ring on top. The fingerboard is all inlayed Acrylic into rich lite. The nut is bloodwood.

Anyhow I just wanted to share and see what other people thought about it since Im pretty new to all this.
Here is a video tour if you want to hear what it sounds like

youtube.com/watch?v=iLsIk-EDEhg&t=22s

Hope everyone is having a great day!


Aug 23, 2019 - 5:55:18 AM
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14247 posts since 12/2/2005

Wow, what a labor of love! That's very cool.

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:23:03 AM
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jjonzee

USA

24 posts since 12/19/2010

Very creative...clean and tasteful...congrats!

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:27:12 AM
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Helix1

USA

401 posts since 4/17/2019

We need more of a woodworker's perspective, look what happens. Very nicely done.

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:47:25 AM
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RoBanJo

USA

185 posts since 7/27/2007

To borrow a phrase, “Well done”. What is “rich lite”. Never heard of it

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:53:44 AM
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457 posts since 7/10/2012

Nice work! Like a lot of folks on this site, I really enjoy discussions about process, materials, the how-to bits. You tackled a good number of challenges and came away with a real beaut. Thanks for the overview, looking forward to seeing more from your shop.

David

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:37:14 AM
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63 posts since 1/23/2017

Dang that's cool! I'm curious about how you made the tension hooks and the inlay design on the fretboard. Beautiful work!

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:45:14 AM
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7337 posts since 1/7/2005

It's always a pleasure to see something different, and your banjo is certainly that. Very creative and unique. And your workmanship looks first rate. Congratulations on your first and welcome to the forum.

DD
 

Edited by - Dan Drabek on 08/23/2019 09:49:12

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:23:33 PM
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37 posts since 8/15/2019

surprise Sah-weet! yesyes  

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:50:15 PM
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272 posts since 2/6/2018

Awesome job, Dan! Well thought out and executed...especially for your first one straight out of the gate. LOVE the fretboard and color choice for everything...and it sounds great too! You may have stumbled across a lucrative business in the process too. May have to order one of those from you. ;-)

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:08:05 PM

12104 posts since 10/30/2008

You've incorporated a number of very good ideas, both structural and decorative. Well done!

My only suggestion is try using brass for your next banjo instead of steel, for perhaps a bit rounder tone.

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:50:31 PM
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kwl

USA

523 posts since 3/5/2009

Nice, really nice.

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:05:21 PM

18 posts since 8/10/2019

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

You've incorporated a number of very good ideas, both structural and decorative. Well done!

My only suggestion is try using brass for your next banjo instead of steel, for perhaps a bit rounder tone.


I appreciate the feedback! I knew it would affect the tone in some way. I had the steel for the body around the shop and I had just enough brass for the top of the tone ring! But ive thought about doing another out of bronze or brass. 

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:07:37 PM

18 posts since 8/10/2019

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Originally posted by MoJoBanjo

Awesome job, Dan! Well thought out and executed...especially for your first one straight out of the gate. LOVE the fretboard and color choice for everything...and it sounds great too! You may have stumbled across a lucrative business in the process too. May have to order one of those from you. ;-)


Oh man that would be great if I could make a small business out of them. As for the order if you want one that would be fantastic! I'm always up for custom work. You can shoot me an email and we can talk it over. 

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:08:59 PM

18 posts since 8/10/2019

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Originally posted by Dan Drabek

It's always a pleasure to see something different, and your banjo is certainly that. Very creative and unique. And your workmanship looks first rate. Congratulations on your first and welcome to the forum.

DD
 


Thank you! It was so fun to make and has been a blast to play. And thanks for the forum welcome I cant wait to read up and chime in and learn. 

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:20:28 PM

12050 posts since 6/29/2005
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Very cool and unique banjo!

It's a pleasure to see things like this—creative, well thought out, and well made in every way.

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:31:15 PM

18 posts since 8/10/2019

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Originally posted by motorbuffalo

Dang that's cool! I'm curious about how you made the tension hooks and the inlay design on the fretboard. Beautiful work!


I don't know if you are on instagram but if you are you can see the whole build step by step.

My name there is Lines Chisels and Brayers. Here is a link to the tension hoop https://www.instagram.com/p/BwvD2VqlMZT/

And here is one to the hooks
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwr4Bumlb8v/

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:41:07 PM
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18 posts since 8/10/2019

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Originally posted by dpgetman

Nice work! Like a lot of folks on this site, I really enjoy discussions about process, materials, the how-to bits. You tackled a good number of challenges and came away with a real beaut. Thanks for the overview, looking forward to seeing more from your shop.

David


Thanks David. I appreciate it! I too love process and material talk. I am currently working on a new one that is interesting (I think) Im making all the hooks integrated into the tension hoop and Im making a series of tone rings to try for it. 

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:42:45 PM

18 posts since 8/10/2019

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Originally posted by RoBanJo

To borrow a phrase, “Well done”. What is “rich lite”. Never heard of it


Richlite is an ebony substitute. Its actually a paper product but man it is super tough. 
https://richlite.com

You can check it out there. 

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:25:51 PM
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HarleyQ

USA

3002 posts since 1/31/2005

Very nice yes

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:34:12 PM
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12104 posts since 10/30/2008

I had another thought regarding you banjos "visual" -- that layering/striping of light wood with the black Richlite would make a heck of an Egyptian themed banjo. I guess the Egyptians juxtaposed gold and ebony in their high end art. Put some cobras and falcons into your banjo and you'd have a unique creation.

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:35:21 PM
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4426 posts since 9/7/2009

WOW!

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:15:29 AM

18 posts since 8/10/2019

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Originally posted by The Old Timer

I had another thought regarding you banjos "visual" -- that layering/striping of light wood with the black Richlite would make a heck of an Egyptian themed banjo. I guess the Egyptians juxtaposed gold and ebony in their high end art. Put some cobras and falcons into your banjo and you'd have a unique creation.


Very interesting idea! that could be super cool.

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