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Banjos: History, Building and Playing

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Here is my first banjo

Started by Marmelade Nov 30, 2012. 0 Replies

The resonator is a "14" floor tom. As I am originaly a drummer...I did a mistake building this banjo, the neck hasn't got the correct angle so for the high notes, it is a bit hard to reach.If you…Continue

banjo goatskin?

Started by Fergus Morris. Last reply by Strumelia Sep 28, 2010. 7 Replies

I have been fortunate enough to acquire a massive African gourd/kalabash (14 inch diameter!), and am wanting to make a gourd tackhead banjo. If i understand correctly the stuff i want for the head is…Continue

woodhead banjo

Started by Michael J. Latoski. Last reply by Michael J. Latoski Feb 3, 2010. 8 Replies

any comments ? this thing was built from plans from the foxfire series book i think ? but i can't be sure.... label inside dates it to 1978 . flea market item ......... a little setup and it plays…Continue

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Comment by Ted Crocker on December 12, 2009 at 11:18pm

Comment by Nathan King on December 17, 2009 at 12:26pm
I recently got bitten by the banja bug. I'd been wanting to play one for a while now, but once I got this thing in my hands... holy cow! This instrument is so unlike anything I've ever played. The more I learn about it, the more different styles of playing I discover exist.

And along those lines, there are so many different ways to tune it, too. Here's a cool link I found with many different tunings for your 5-string banjo: banjo tunings
Comment by Tres Seaver on December 28, 2009 at 3:21am
Comment by Tres Seaver on December 28, 2009 at 3:23am
My nearly finished "Soldier's Joy Banjo":


Instead of a skin head, this banjo uses what was reputed to be a Civil War-era mess dish as a resonator. I need to lower the dish further into the ring, to keep the strings from fretting on the bottom of it when I play up the neck.
Comment by jim on December 28, 2009 at 4:21am
yup, mite as well join, been playen these 5 stringers 4 awhile now. built one with a gourd to.
Comment by Tres Seaver on January 10, 2010 at 11:02pm
More stuff from Patrick Costello and his Dear Old Dad:

- The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo

- Sing Along Banjo, Volume 1: Outlaws and Scalawags

- Frailing the Blues (free video series)

- Tenor Banjo and Tenor Guitar (free video series)

Buy the printed books from him here.
Comment by Roger Morin on January 10, 2010 at 11:18pm
Don't know if anyone would be interested but if you go to backyardmusic.com they have some banjo kits fairly cheap. They use a cardboard tube for the pot. But for those that want a fat build cigar box banjo just replace their pot with your cigar box. Just passing along some info.
Comment by Tres Seaver on January 11, 2010 at 1:16am
Roger, the Backyard Music instruments seem like PERFECT fits for the "everybody can make music" ethos here: if you don't have a local instrument shop / luthier offering instruments at comparable prices, then GO FOR IT! (I have a SERIOUS soft spot for the main-street businesses who know that their livelihood depends on supplying which makes people happy to make music).

If I had a source for 10" mailng tubes, I would try replicating their design myself.
Comment by Roger Morin on January 11, 2010 at 3:06am
tres I may be wrong but I believe they use construction tubes which I hear is reasonable to buy.
Comment by Mark Werner on January 13, 2010 at 11:04am
Here's the banjo I built a while back; it's made almost exactly like the "back porch" items except I'm using a piece of PVC drain pipe for the body.

This stuff is so ugly I had to paint it:

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