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Violin type pegbox for banjo peghead?

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Aug 25, 2019 - 6:50:25 AM
6 posts since 2/25/2017

So an idea came to me (possibly a dumb one), but I was wondering: has anyone ever made a banjo neck with a violin type pegbox and scroll instead of a peghead? How good/bad/odd would that look?
Just spitballing ideas, seeing what sticks.

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:04:31 AM

1260 posts since 4/13/2009

yes

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:20:12 AM

lapsteel

Canada

352 posts since 8/13/2015

An image search or searching on Pinterest might turn one up.

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:30:08 AM

256 posts since 5/29/2015

Brandt and Lyon and Healy put scrolls on some of their mandolins. Dulcimers are made with a somewhat simplified violin scroll. There are lots of slot head instruments sans scroll. Cutting a scroll requires a set of wood gouges with carefully chosen sweeps and a lot of practice.

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:48:03 AM

6 posts since 2/25/2017

Thanks for the quick replies! I am still in the planning/early construction stages of a cherry open back banjo, and the idea struck me early in the morning. And a quick follow up question, would metal banjo strings still wear into the pegs too much, or would the pegs hold fine?

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:01:50 AM

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A lot of people do that.  As for the pegs, you can use the ones intended for violins, but I find them sketchy with steel strings (don't ask me why I know that).  You might consider modifying the pegbox so that there is a center piece dividing it into two sections, which would allow you to use  geared classical guitar tuners, some of which are designed for seel strings

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:15:34 AM
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Aug 25, 2019 - 8:16:50 AM
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rudy

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14382 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by bass-swimmer

So an idea came to me (possibly a dumb one), but I was wondering: has anyone ever made a banjo neck with a violin type pegbox and scroll instead of a peghead? How good/bad/odd would that look?
Just spitballing ideas, seeing what sticks.


The ultimate in inspiration would be Luke Mercier's "Violjo" series of banjos with violin pegheads.

http://www.lukemercier.com/violjo.htm

If you're concerned with steel string tension you can easily install Pegheds tuners which have the identical look of a standard wood friction peg but incorporate a 4:1 ratio planetary gear reduction and friction clutch.

Edited by - rudy on 08/25/2019 08:25:34

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:37:47 AM

2679 posts since 5/29/2011

I have seen a violin peg box on a banjo complete with scroll but I can't seem to find the picture of it now. Here are some other ideas to toss around.




 

Aug 25, 2019 - 12:06:34 PM

869 posts since 1/9/2012

Virtually every zither banjo has a pegbox (albeit without the scroll).  Here are two old English 6-string banjos: https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/305705 and http://file:///Users/davidpolitzer/Desktop/Funkenstein-banjo/Possible%20English%20banjo%20-%20Discussion%20Forums%20-%20Banjo%20Hangout.html

I guess those are all guitar-type rather than violin-type.

Aug 25, 2019 - 12:21:23 PM

273 posts since 7/28/2016

culloden.....I own a "bnajitar" that has a peghead just like the one you pictured on the right. It has a violin type head with guitar tuners and has that little square piece of wood at the end of the curl on the peg head. Where did you find that picture. I cannot find any info on mine. I bought it from a guy in Romania. The whole thing is kind of a mess. The tuners don't hold, I can't figure out how the neck is attached. It's a metal pot with a dowel inside that looks like it might be just an ornament !! The action is so high the instrument can't really be played.

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