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Feb 25, 2024 - 1:14:16 PM
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4762 posts since 9/7/2009

This banjo is made from an empty cigar box. The neck is made using maple wood from the arms of a discarded recliner chair, with some walnut used for the center stripe. The finger board and peghead wood is ziricote. The Inlays were sawn from mother of pearl using a jeweler's saw. The sound hole grill is made from a piece of perforated stainless fan guard from a piece of discarded equipment. The sound pick-up was made from a piezo disc saved from the ringer of a discarded telephone and is wired to a output jack scrounged from a discarded piece of audio equipment. I built the practice amplifier from the guts of a "FIRST ACT" guitar amplifier that I bought off eBay. The speaker grill is a fan guard from a computer cooling fan. This was all mounted inside another empty cigar box.


Feb 25, 2024 - 1:51:29 PM

236 posts since 12/27/2019

Cool! What does it sound like?

Feb 25, 2024 - 3:22:31 PM

4762 posts since 9/7/2009

https://youtu.be/tUPd_gWBrcU?si=EqLJCdkZwTH6CpRu

Feb 25, 2024 - 3:27:46 PM
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4762 posts since 9/7/2009

Feb 25, 2024 - 6:02 PM

1380 posts since 1/26/2011

That was terrific! Sounds great and your picking was outstanding!

Feb 26, 2024 - 6:01:59 AM

5649 posts since 5/29/2011

Marvin, your work never ceases to amaze me. And the way you repurpose items to build with is absolute genius.

Feb 26, 2024 - 7:56:53 PM

141 posts since 8/22/2023

Cool. Nice inlay work..I see you use a banjo bridge, is the box top very thin to get that great sound? Any advise on finding the perfect box ?
Do you use a dowel stick through the box?

Feb 27, 2024 - 3:41:23 AM

4762 posts since 9/7/2009

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Originally posted by fotoguzzi

Cool. Nice inlay work..I see you use a banjo bridge, is the box top very thin to get that great sound? Any advise on finding the perfect box ?
Do you use a dowel stick through the box?


I have used different boxes to build them. Some are "cardboard" which are actually hardboard, and some "wood" which are actually plywood. I haven't heard any appreciable difference in sound of either of them. The neck is a continuous piece of wood that runs all the way thru the box. Some I have built in the past actually protrude outside the bottom of the box and the strings attached there. On this particular one, the neck ends at the bottom end of the inside of the box and a screw run thru the box into the end of the neck. The neck is glued to the inside top of the box. I also glue the box together when it is completed. I found that the sound is better that way. If you go to my YouTube channel, there are videos of many of the ones that I have built and you can compare sound. Just search for "Marvin Walker banjo" . 

Feb 27, 2024 - 9:39:17 AM

256 posts since 4/3/2009

I have never seen a fancier neck attached to a cigar box! Excellent!

Feb 27, 2024 - 9:50:25 AM

14941 posts since 1/15/2005

Outstanding ..... the banjo and performance!

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