March 4, 2015
I’ve got a lot of these kits ready to go. Email me at email@example.com. I accept paypal and cashier checks. They are $60 plus $20 shipping in the US. I will ship internationally at cost.
I have these listed on ebay, but I prefer to sell them directly. There are a lot of fees on ebay. So if you are reading this and want one, don’t hesitate to email me.
Includes everything you need to build your own old-time banjo!
No woodworking experience required!
A simple banjo design that still offers a few extra comforts of higher-end instruments, like the double ogee on the fingerboard that indicates the 5th, 7th and 12th fret positions.
This kit includes everything needed to assemble a fully playable banjo. The only tool required is a hammer to tack on the skin and wood-glue for the neck. The entire process takes about two hours, following detailed instructions provided. Made of hardwood birch plywood and featuring hand-carved walnut tuning pegs, nut and bridge. With a leather tailpiece and goatskin head. This would certainly be a fun weekend project for someone of any level of banjo experience.
This banjo is modeled after the old-time fretless banjo dating back to the pre-Civil War era. It is ideal for the clawhammer banjo player: fretless with a built-in frailing scoop.
Stain, paint or varnish it to your liking, or play it all natural.
You will get:
-hardwood birch neck and pot
-brass tacks for drumhead
-nut and bridge
-2 sets of nylon strings
-detailed assembly instructions both written and illustrated
24.5″ scale length
Pot diameter is 11″
Drum head diameter is 8″
February 21, 2015
I have stocked up on everything needed to prepare another dozen kits. The first three are scheduled to go out this Monday. Many more available so email for yours! $60 plus shipping.
You will need some wood glue to attach the two parts of the neck. It is still really easy, there are dowel pins to guide you. You also need something to put the tacks into the pot, like a tack hammer or maybe even a pot or frying pan would work?
Trying to source some cardboard boxes that are the proper dimensions has been a pain so I have resigned to building wooden boxes for every kit here on out, or at least until I find a cardboard box that is cheap and that I don’t have to cut in half.
Buy a kit at firstname.lastname@example.org or
carverbanjos.com which will direct you to my ebay page.
February 17, 2015
Alright, the new banjo kits are being cut out as of yesterday. The first new kit is pictured above.
My first set of kits were made of pine plywood. This new set is made of fancy hardwood birch ply. It is quite a bit more expensive for me to build, but I am still trying to make this kit as competitively priced as possible. I’m taking the “sell in bulk to make a profit” approach here. I’m so crazy I’m passing the savings on to you!
My brother helps me out a lot with the business. He helps run my ebay pages and has built a website for me. He recently updated it. Some links are still being created and moved around. You can find more info and buy the DIY banjo kit there. The coolest part is that you can hear the banjo there too. Check it out: www.carverbanjos.com
February 15, 2015
Give this dude a home for $25 shipped.
February 13, 2015
Thanks to everyone that purchased a banjo kit lately. I’m glad they all sold. I spent today going through each kit, making sure that they are all complete and of a quality I can be proud of. I’ll be shipping out most of them tomorrow.
While there is a demand for these, I realize I need to make more. Its a win/win situation here. I got the supplies to make another ten kits. I have made a few improvements. I will be leaving the neck and dowel disconnected for the buyer to glue together. This way I can get each kit packaged into a more convenient box for shipping.
The pot will have a larger drum head to increase volume. The neck and peghead design will stay the same as before. I’m not sure if everyone knows this- the curvy cuts on the side of the fingerboard (double ogees) are not just for looks, they indicate the 5th, 7th and 12th fret positions. This can be useful especially to those that are intimidated by the lack of frets. Fretless is fun!
The best feature of the new kit, in my opinion, is the new material. They will be made of hardwood birch ply rather than the pine ply of the first batch. This gives the banjo a more finished look right out of the box, and will take nicely to any stain or varnish of your choosing. This stronger material will also allow the player to use nylon OR steel strings. I imagine a harder wood will also help increase overall intonation and sustain.
Now for the price. I have sold the first kits at $50 plus $20 for shipping. I want to go ahead and combine the two numbers and account for my slightly higher materials cost to arrive at a price of $80 shipped. That’s $80 for a banjo kit shipped to your house.
I expect to have ten kits ready to ship by Monday the 23rd of this month. I want to open up to pre-orders today. So email me at email@example.com if you are interested in the new kit. Everything is included to make your own banjo. All you need is wood glue for the neck and a hammer to tack on the skin. It’s a very simple and rewarding project that pretty much anyone can do over a weekend. And don’t worry if you’ve never built a banjo before! I’ll help you out along the way!
I will also have a detailed how-to video uploaded to youtube for everyone to view. It shows exactly how to assemble these simple banjos from the beginning to end.
February 11, 2015
I am officially sold out of my first batch of banjo kits. First, this was a test to see how well they would sell. I am amazed. I am already working on a second batch of 10 more right now. They should be up for sale in a week and a half.
I’d like to make the drum head a little bigger so we can get more volume out of these. I am thinking of changing up the neck and head so it is easier and faster for me to cut out. I am also thinking if I leave the neck and dowel pieces unglued I can get them in a smaller box for shipping.
Thanks for all of the orders and emails. I will keep everyone updated on the next batch here.