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Jul 7, 2022 - 8:17:54 AM
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151 posts since 6/3/2019

Hi all, just thought I’d share my 2nd build now that it’s completed.

This one is another fretless tackhead. It’s a 12” pot. 25.5” scale, walnut with pau ferro fingerboard and rim trim, black locust rim top tone ring, walnut bridge with a locust cap, walnut tailpiece. Locust nut, copper side dots and 5th string pip, rosewood tuners.

I’m really happy with the way this one turned out, and it’s a lot of fun to play. Tuned low with the minstrel nylgut string set, dADF#A.

Here’s an initial sound sample, just me goofing around seeing what it sounds like.

youtu.be/srgGCuG02no








 

Jul 7, 2022 - 8:45:40 AM
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3154 posts since 9/5/2006

That looks and sounds great! Congratulations, nice job!

Jul 7, 2022 - 8:49:17 AM
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Owen

Canada

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Looks and sounds good ... but, but, but, [tongue-in-cheek] without frets how in the heck do you know where to put yer fingers??  wink

Jul 7, 2022 - 8:56:48 AM
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Noodlin

USA

151 posts since 6/3/2019

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Originally posted by Owen

Looks and sounds good ... but, but, but, [tongue-in-cheek] without frets how in the heck do you know where to put yer fingers??  wink


Don't fret!  ;-)

 

Thank y'all :-)

Jul 7, 2022 - 12:30:59 PM
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Lovely and sounds great!

Eric Prust until a little while back made them out of oak, rough-hewn, and sold them starting at $200 (prustbanjos.com/models.htm). No one understood how he could do that, but there were a lot of happy customers. (I thought of him because of your location -- only to remember that he was in Washington, not Oregon.)

Jul 7, 2022 - 12:37:22 PM

Noodlin

USA

151 posts since 6/3/2019

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Originally posted by davidppp

Lovely and sounds great!

Eric Prust until a little while back made them out of oak, rough-hewn, and sold them starting at $200 (prustbanjos.com/models.htm). No one understood how he could do that, but there were a lot of happy customers. (I thought of him because of your location -- only to remember that he was in Washington, not Oregon.)


Yeah, I'm familiar with those!  And after building a couple now, I have to say, I have no idea how he'd do that either. A lot more went into this, of course, but still!  That's crazy value. 

Jul 7, 2022 - 1:30:59 PM
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Excellent!

Jul 7, 2022 - 2:53:44 PM

banjo roo

Australia

129 posts since 5/12/2010

Very nice!
Love some of the unique touches, such as where the neck and peghead meet at the back.

Jul 7, 2022 - 3:08:50 PM

Noodlin

USA

151 posts since 6/3/2019

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Originally posted by banjo roo

Very nice!
Love some of the unique touches, such as where the neck and peghead meet at the back.


Thank you!  I had a lot of fun doing little things like that with this build. I like the dowel stick treatment too, as another favorite little aesthetic thing. 

Jul 7, 2022 - 3:22:55 PM
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Noodlin

USA

151 posts since 6/3/2019

A few more pics, I didn’t load any of the tailpiece or bridge really, so here’s that.

I also made a little joiner’s mallet out of scrap from the build to go with it just for fun (though it’s perfectly functional, lol).




 

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Jul 7, 2022 - 6:38:38 PM
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302 posts since 11/4/2012

That a great looking and sounding banjo……Ahhh the soothing sound of a fret less.

Jul 7, 2022 - 7:12:39 PM
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4438 posts since 10/13/2005

You are quite an banjo artist! Congratulations! banjered

Jul 8, 2022 - 7:39:33 AM

Noodlin

USA

151 posts since 6/3/2019

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Originally posted by banjered

You are quite an banjo artist! Congratulations! banjered


Haha, thank you for the sentiment, Tom!  And thank you as well, Jimmy. Encourages me to keep at it!  Need to try a build with more hardware at some point, but I sure do enjoy these fretless, tackhead builds. 

Jul 8, 2022 - 9:25:06 AM
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Buddur

USA

3300 posts since 10/23/2004

Very nice.

Thanks for sharing.

Jul 8, 2022 - 3:01:43 PM
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martyjoe

Ireland

181 posts since 3/24/2020

Maybe you could think about the possibilities of a fretless multi-scale.

Jul 8, 2022 - 3:27:16 PM

Noodlin

USA

151 posts since 6/3/2019

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Originally posted by martyjoe

Maybe you could think about the possibilities of a fretless multi-scale.


Hmm, I'm not even sure how that'd work on a fretless. It's already kind of multi-scale by moving the bridge around. If there's something like that, I'd love to see it for reference. Can't quite visualize the concept. :-)

Edited by - Noodlin on 07/08/2022 15:28:22

Jul 8, 2022 - 10:56:16 PM
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martyjoe

Ireland

181 posts since 3/24/2020

P.M. me. & by the way you’ve got me making a mallet out of bamboo scraps.

Jul 9, 2022 - 11:15:26 AM

Noodlin

USA

151 posts since 6/3/2019

Here’s another sound clip for anyone interested- this time an actual tune (The Lost Gander). Not a tune that is truly geared toward fretless of course, with all those harmonics, lol. Just thought I’d see if I could do it, and also curious to see what that tune sounds like played in a lower tuning.

youtu.be/Yika2Fx-6j8

Jul 9, 2022 - 11:16:45 AM

Noodlin

USA

151 posts since 6/3/2019

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Originally posted by martyjoe

P.M. me. & by the way you’ve got me making a mallet out of bamboo scraps.


Love it!  Mallets are a lot of fun to build, in my opinion. A much quicker, lower stress build than a banjo, lol. 
 

Sending a DM :-)

Jul 9, 2022 - 4:06:11 PM
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27 posts since 9/26/2020

I love your banjo, The high notes are so tranquil and the bass notes compliments it well.

Jul 9, 2022 - 4:23:45 PM

Noodlin

USA

151 posts since 6/3/2019

Thank you! I appreciate it!

Edited by - Noodlin on 07/09/2022 16:24:00

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