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.