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May 31, 2023 - 2:58:41 PM
79 posts since 9/15/2005

I'm doing a custom short scale Rickard Dobson build. I'd like to get away from the paddle peghead. I want to be able to use Rickard tuners so I think a slotted headstock is out. Can anyone steer me to a photo of an appropriate solid peghead shape for a Dobson style banjo?
Photos are of two I'm considering but looks too much Vega-Fairbanks to

Edited by - rdodger99 on 05/31/2023 14:59:50

May 31, 2023 - 3:16:50 PM
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5558 posts since 5/9/2007

Here is another example.


Jun 1, 2023 - 9:44:20 PM
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476 posts since 5/12/2011

I like the Dobson peghead example that Mr. Physics shared. Very classic Dobson.

Jun 2, 2023 - 10:01:56 AM

10526 posts since 8/28/2013

It would be a difficult descision without knowing what the rest of the banjo will look like. Are you planning lots of fretboard inlays, or will the neck be plain? Are you aiming foe a "period look" and, if so, what period?

Jun 2, 2023 - 2:23:42 PM

79 posts since 9/15/2005

Good questions - no fancy inlays on fretboard, dots, star at 5th. Short scale, 24". It's a modern banjo. Not duplicating a Dobson banjo from the past, just thought the peghead could make reference to what might have been seen on a Dobson. I'm much more familiar with Vega-Fairbanks, don't know much about the history of H. C. Dobson.

Jun 3, 2023 - 10:19:18 AM
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10526 posts since 8/28/2013

I would suggest checking for every photo of a Dobson you can find.

Do be aware, though, that there were sever Dobson brothers making somewhat different banjos. I have forgotten which of the Dobsons came up with the typical Dobson tone ring.

Jun 5, 2023 - 9:55:39 AM
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I like the one on the left, as a modern presentation. Tributes are fine. I prefer some personal "movement."


Jun 5, 2023 - 10:07:47 AM

10526 posts since 8/28/2013

A tribute is fine, although the tone ring might be tribute enough, but I do agrre with Helix about making it your own.

Were I to do this, I'd personalize the "Man-in-the-moon" idea by having him sticking his tongue out at the world.

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