Parts

Necks

Base price for necks is $225 which includes a Stew-Mac Hot Rod two way truss rod and nickel-silver fret wire but not tuners.  I can do any scale length and nut width, and I can cut the heel to fit any size rim.  I can make Vega or Dobson heels, and full-fret or scooped fretboards, all are included in base price.  4, 5 or 6 string necks all cost the same.  The base price wood is cherry, plain maple or ash with a jatoba, hickory or hop-hornbeam fretboard.  Paddle or figure 8 shaped pegheads are included in the base price and other shapes will cost $10 or $20 depending on the amount of work to make them.  Below is a list of the charges for more expensive woods, and I am also happy to work with most other types of wood if you send me the material. The exception is cocobolo, which made me sneeze for some reason the one time I used it on a custom neck. Brass or wood front or side dots are included in base price.

Curly maple, mahogany or walnut +$20
Ebony fretboard +$30
Rosewood fretboard +$20
Persimmon or Pau Ferro fretboard +$10
Radiused fretboard +$30
Bound fretboard (wood binding) +$30
Fretless -$20
Both front and side dots (one or the other is included in base price)+$10
Pearl or other dots +cost of material
Other pre-cut inlays +$10 to install, plus cost of inlay shape
Ebony or rosewood peghead overlay +$15
EVO Gold fret wire +$10
Tru Oil finish +$20
Bone nut and pip +$10
Spikes +$5 each

Rims

I usually have some rims on hand and I am happy to make custom rims too.  I only make block rims.  Cherry or ash costs $70 for an 11″ or smaller rim up to 3″ high and with 1/2″ to 3/4″ wall thickness.  Over 3″ high adds $10, 12″ rims add $10.  Walnut, mahogany and curly maple each cost $10 extra.  I can turn one of my rims to fit your tone ring and flange for $10 each but you’ll have to send them to me so I have them in hand to fit properly.  I have turned rims as large as 16″(which is the biggest I can fit on my lathe) and as small as 8″.  Send me an email if you’d like to know what I currently have in stock, or to place a custom order.

Tension Hoops

I have begun making my own tension hoops from brass or aluminum and will be happy to make custom hoops for $50 +/- depending on the size and material.  I can make Van Eps style or notched hoops.  Send me an email to arrange details.

Armrests

This kind of armrest was originally developed by Jason Romero of Romero Banjos.  I can make wood armrests to fit any banjo, I just need a couple of measurements.  Price is $30 for cherry, ash or plain maple.  $5 extra for mahogany, walnut or curly maple.  The armrest is held on by an aluminum or brass bracket that goes around the inside of two hooks and has a threaded hole for the screw.  Weight is generally in the 1 to 2 ounce range for cherry or walnut, I haven’t weighed the ones I have made from other woods.  Shipping is $5 anywhere in the US, other areas please inquire.

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