April 8, 2015
Kits are the way to go. I’ve been having so much fun with the DIY Banjo Kit these past few weeks that I wanted to expand my models available. This new design is one of several to come in the near future. It is a fretted (!!!!) mountain style banjo. I’m really excited to be working with frets, and I think it will be more appealing to the modern banjo player.
I have been developing this kit for the past 6 or 7 weeks now, and it has been pretty hard for me to not share before it was ready, but here it is, and I’ve got ten of them ready to ship out.
This banjo is based on the ever popular homemade banjo found in the “Foxfire 3″ book series. It is similar to the banjos made by Stanley Hicks and Frank Proffitt in the Appalachians. A unique and beautiful instrument with a rich history.
Each kit includes:
-maple hardwood ply neck and pot assembly
-16 pre-placed frets
-steel tone ring
-built-in frailing scoop
-walnut tuning pegs, nut and bridge
-detailed assembly instructions
I am also working on getting some how-to assembly videos together.
These kits are $85 plus shipping. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sound clip posted above and found here: http://carverbanjos.com/sound/mountman.mp3
March 9, 2015
Patrick Costello has made a great little review for my kits. Visit his website, dailyfrail.com if you haven’t before. He is a huge figure in the old-time banjo world, and a genuine guy!
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 $65 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.