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Jul 12, 2020 - 9:19:56 AM
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If you haven’t seen the first video that featured the first ten-string I built (banjo #46), watch it here:

The original ten-string I built last year came back to me recently for a new neck. It had warped quite a bit to the point that it was unplayable (which was most likely from the fact it was heavily figured, and may not have been seasoned enough), so I set out to make a new neck for it. It is essentially the same pattern/design as the original with these differences: two-piece walnut neck with Gabon ebony (which I believe it to be) and curly maple pin stripe, ebony fingerboard, peg head overlay, back-strap, and heel cap with curly maple underneath. This was my first time doing a back-strap, and it turned out rather nice. The owner wanted a V-profile for the rear of the neck instead of a rounded one, so I settled on a round-bottom V-shape. I decided to make the bridge with a continuous foot instead of my standard two-foot as I decided that since the pressure from the strings is being distributed over more surface area of the head, the amount of sagging might be reduced. Same theory behind banjolins and guitar banjos having solid (and sometimes long) bridges to help support the string pressure. Finally, I finished it with some Tru-Oil. 

The tune I’m playing is Rebel’s Raid, not to be confused with Ed Haley’s or William Stepp’s similar-named versions. This version comes from John Hannah via Jeff Goehring. I initially learned it a few years ago from the Bucking Mules:

And a video including Jeff playing this version:

Typically an A tune, I’m playing it here in D (dd aA dD F#F# AA for the ten string, dADF#A for other low-tuned five-string banjos). 

Banjo #46-2/87

Edited by - Noah Cline on 07/12/2020 14:56:59

Jul 15, 2020 - 9:41:24 AM
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12725 posts since 8/30/2006

Well here’s a build with character
Everything is here. Form/content
Something old something new
Truly a century machine

Then the music and musicianship kick in
Real nice work

great sustain. Shape is everything.

Is this a private meditation or more public in performance

Edited by - Helix on 07/15/2020 09:43:22

Jul 15, 2020 - 3:55:23 PM
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43 posts since 4/17/2020

Beautiful banjo. Superb playing! Thanks.

Jul 16, 2020 - 4:19:02 AM
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198 posts since 8/23/2011

Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

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