April banjos

My first completed banjo in April was a custom 8″ cherry banjo with an 18″ scale length neck. It’s always fun to make mini banjos, and this is as small of a 5 string as I have made.

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#208 was a custom walnut 11″ banjo which involved the first inlay I have ever cut out. The customer wanted a silver colored moon and I couldn’t find one the right shape, so I cut it out of a nickel silver disc. The stars are nickel silver dots. The customer designed the inlay and the peghead shape. I now have nickel silver rods on hand and can use them to make dots in the same way I have been doing with brass rods these last several years.

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#209 was an 11″ walnut A scale, pretty much like a stock banjo except for the scoop and the paddle peghead. The fretboard is zebrawood.

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#210 was a 12″ walnut internal resonator. It is a stock banjo but it was spoken for before it was completed, so it didn’t appear on the Banjos page.

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#211 is a stock curly maple A scale and is shown on the Banjos page. I also made the sound box of another octave mandolin, but didn’t get time to work on the neck till May. In May I am also working on 7 banjos, though I may not have time to get all of the stock ones I’ve begun completed by the end of the month.

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