Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Banjo Is Done !!


Well .... It's done and it sounds GREAT ! For a first shot at building a banjo from scratch, I'm completely happy with the way it came out ... It took considerable patience on WIll's part to get the neck on right, and we learned a lot, about building a banjo and about working together on a project where we both had a little knowledge, but neither of us had the whole picture. We both stuck up for what we thought was right, which made the process decidedly more interesting. It's a good thing one of us (and it wasn't me) knew a lot about how a banjo should play, how it should be set up and what little things you can do to fine tune the finished product. Will has a couple more tweaks that he wants to do to it, but I think he's pretty happy with it too .... Hopefully, we'll add some sound to this entry soon .... Click the pictures to enlarge them .....

First notes, yesterday afternoon ...

The pot

The fretboard

Side view

Head on ...
Other Posts about making this banjo
First post/start up Making the rings and turning the pot
Second Post Progress Fitting the neck to the pot
Third Post Shaping the neck and adding the fretboard

4 comments:

Will Rees Fine Wood Working said...

Great looking banjo! I'd like to hear a recording.

Dorset Custom Furniture said...

I'm working on that Will .. I'll let you know when it happens... Sounds really good to me ..dan

Steven said...

That's a nice looking instrument. Between you and the folks over Acorn House, the WW blogosphere could start a folk band!

David said...

Amazing work you boys are doing. Beautiful instrument. Can't wait to hear it!
-Dave