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Eugene Knapik left a comment for Ted Crocker
"Thanks."
Dec 6, 2014
Maddog commented on Eugene Knapik's video
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Heavy Duty Brake Fluid Banjo

"Fine sound and fine playin'"
Jun 2, 2013
jim commented on Eugene Knapik's video
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Heavy Duty Brake Fluid Banjo

"Looks like a fun one, nice work!"
May 25, 2013
Eugene Knapik commented on deedee's video
May 23, 2013
Eugene Knapik posted a video

Heavy Duty Brake Fluid Banjo

This is my new Oil Can banjo. Cedar bridge. Bone nut + bone 5th string nut. Kitchen fork tailpiece. Ebay neck. The tune is Greasy String.
May 23, 2013
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Heavey Duty Brake Fluid Banjo

"I'll make a video in the next few days and post it."
May 21, 2013
mr2kewl commented on Eugene Knapik's photo
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Heavey Duty Brake Fluid Banjo

"nice EK. any sound bites?"
May 21, 2013
Eugene Knapik posted a photo

Heavey Duty Brake Fluid Banjo

This one uses an "ebay" neck but I replaced the plastic nut with a bone nut and replaced the metal 5th string nut with bone as well. The bridge is cedar. The tailpiece is a kitchen fork.
May 20, 2013
Randy S. Bretz commented on Eugene Knapik's blog post Bridges for Oil Can banjos
"These old style mando bridges work well too, more wood mass and a longer length"
Apr 7, 2013
Randy S. Bretz commented on Eugene Knapik's blog post Bridges for Oil Can banjos
"I like making these ..bone inserts"
Apr 7, 2013
Randy S. Bretz commented on Eugene Knapik's blog post Bridges for Oil Can banjos
Apr 7, 2013
Eugene Knapik commented on Eugene Knapik's blog post Bridges for Oil Can banjos
"They're beautiful."
Apr 7, 2013
Randy S. Bretz commented on Eugene Knapik's blog post Bridges for Oil Can banjos
"I make custom old style banjo bridges out of exotic woods"
Apr 7, 2013
Eugene Knapik posted a blog post

Bridges for Oil Can banjos

When I cobbled together my first oil can banjo, I didn't think too much about the bridge. I used an inexpensive 3 for 10 bucks 3-footed ebay bridge and it sounded fine. My second one sounded really nice but didn't have nearly the volume. Dena Lee suggested I try a lighter bridge and suggested cedar for nylon strings. I made one up yesterday - 2 instead of 3 feet, and cedar instead of whatever hardwood the commercial bridge was. I was really surprised at how big a difference it made. The volume…See More
Apr 7, 2013
Eugene Knapik commented on Eugene Knapik's video
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New Oil Can Banjo - The Industrial

"Thanks Randy. I've got another one going using a yellow brake fluid can and a darker neck. I'm still learning as I go."
Mar 14, 2013
Randy S. Bretz commented on Eugene Knapik's video
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New Oil Can Banjo - The Industrial

"Nice build, sounds like a banjo to me."
Mar 13, 2013

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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
from Verdena Lee from Story Gourd Workshop
What instruments are you building or playing?
I recently built an oil can 5 string banjo

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Bridges for Oil Can banjos

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 1:03pm 5 Comments

When I cobbled together my first oil can banjo, I didn't think too much about the bridge. I used an inexpensive 3 for 10 bucks 3-footed ebay bridge and it sounded fine. My second one sounded really nice but didn't have nearly the volume. Dena Lee suggested I try a lighter bridge and suggested cedar for nylon strings. I made one up yesterday - 2 instead of 3 feet, and cedar instead of whatever hardwood the commercial bridge was. I was really surprised at how big a difference it made. The…

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Hi Eugene, welcome to the Clubhouse!

The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.

Have a look around, introduce yourself in My Name Is... and add yourself to the Member Map. There's an active Chat Room where you can ask questions, offer help or just talk about anything with some great folks.

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