May banjos

I made 5 banjos in May, the first one to be completed was #148.  It is a 12″ banjo with a wood tone ring, made from a variety of woods.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Next came #149, a walnut banjo with a Tubaphone tone ring and a bracket band.  The customer did all the inlay work and drew the picture on the head.  I learned from this one that it’s important (at least with wood bindings) to bind the fretboard and flatten it before the inlay work is done.  I had some difficulty with getting the frets to behave, but the customer was kindly able to resolve the problems after he received the banjo.

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My last custom build in May was #150, my first time putting together all of the parts to make a bluegrass resonator banjo.  The customer sent the hardware from a Recording King resonator banjo and had me make new wooden parts for it.

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Banjos #151 and #152 are both cherry short-scale banjos, and they are shown on the Banjos page.  I started making a new octave mandolin in May but ran out of time, so I hope to perhaps get it completed in June.  I also have some custom necks and a custom banjo to build in June, and a few stock banjos.

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