My first longneck build

I have thought sometimes about making a longneck banjo, but I never actually did it until last month when I was lucky enough to get a custom neck building job for a short longneck, which ended up being a 29″ scale length.  The owner wanted the flexibility of the longneck design without having to reach all the way out to a full size longneck.  It tuned down to E pretty well with medium strings.  The owner sent me the pot and I made the neck to fit.  It’s curly maple with rosewood veneer pinstripes and a rosewood fretboard.  This was my first time working with plastic binding and plastic dots.  The customer wanted light colored dots that would show up, and I have noticed before that when I put maple dots in a rosewood or ebony board that when I sanded it the dots were darkened by the dark sanding dust.  I had a few bumps along the way learning to use the plastic binding, but it came out all right in the end.   This was also my first time installing a Shubb capo.  There’s always more to learn, and I like to get the chance to try new jobs.PC010039.JPGPC010040.JPGPC010041.JPGPC010042.JPGPC010043.JPG

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