Archive for June, 2015

Gourd Banjo Kits

June 9, 2015

I present the gourd banjo kit. I have a limited number of gourds to work with so this kit is going to be sold in short runs. About a dozen are already floating around out there.

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Hear a sound-clip at my website,  You can buy it there or on my ebay page. It comes with nylon strings and has a warm mellow tone. Similar to the DIY kit sound, but more volume and bass. Super easy to assemble and requires no tools at all.

You can put it together and be playing within an hour, or take your time and give it a nice sanding and finish as a weekend project.

I have a few small gourds, so I figure why not make a mini travel sized gourd kit? The scale length is just 17″ (full size kit scale is 24″). Still feels good in your hands and the playability is good. I will have five of them available very soon. Email me if you would like to reserve one:



Over 100 kit banjos in 4 months!

June 8, 2015

photo 3Stoked to say that I have shipped out over 100 banjo kits since I stumbled upon the idea exactly four months ago.

Its been a lot of work but it has been rewarding. I’m so excited to see these kits being put together and played. If you have one of these kits, send me a picture so I can share it here in a future post.

So far we have the original DIY kit, the fretted and fretless Mountain Man kits and the Gourd kit (more info coming soon). With a Uke kit and a Mini-Gourd kit still in the works. Tons of fun developing these kits, thanks for all of the input from the users.

Skinning a Mountain Man (banjo)

June 8, 2015

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Well, this picture probably doesn’t make the process look easy. I’m realizing that some things are actually easier done than said. How do you get the skin inside a mountain banjo? Its easy really. I just can’t tell you how. Watch this video and it might make more sense than the written directions that I provided in my Mountain Man Banjo Kits. If you have purchased one of these kits and are having trouble with the skin, slow down. Think about the end product. Think about what you are needing to do. You have the top and bottom plates, a skin, a tone ring, some tacks and some screws, put them together in the correct order and you have a banjo.