Posts Tagged ‘americana’

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, carverbanjos.com.  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: carverbanjos@gmail.com.

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Mountain Man Banjo Kits

April 8, 2015

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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

-steel strings

-16 pre-placed frets

-steel tone ring

-goat skin

-built-in frailing scoop

-brass hardware

-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 carverbanjos@gmail.com

Sound clip posted above and found here: http://carverbanjos.com/sound/mountman.mp3

DIY Banjo Kits available

March 4, 2015

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I’ve got a lot of these kits ready to go. Email me at carverbanjos@gmail.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
-real goatskin
-brass tacks for drumhead
-leather tailpiece
-tuning pegs
-nut and bridge
-2 sets of nylon strings
-detailed assembly instructions both written and illustrated

Dimensions:
36″ long
24.5″ scale length
Pot diameter is 11″
Drum head diameter is 8″

Updates

February 10, 2015

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I’ve got a lot of projects going on all at once. Let me update you guys on some of the ones I have mentioned before on this blog.

1. Banjo Book- I’m still editing and drawing pictures for this how-to book. It keeps getting pushed back, but don’t worry- it will be available some day.

2. Minimalist banjos- I have two completed ready-to-play models still available at $100 each. I have several unassembled “banjo kits” still available at $50 each. The kits seem to be a hit and are going fast.

3. Jig dolls- Still have a lot of these left at $25 each shipped.

4. “All seeing hand” gourd banjo is still available. Walnut mountain banjo is still available. Hand gourd fiddle is still available.

5. Inquire about my wooden spoons if you want one.

6. Carverbanjos.com is down for maintenance and upgrades. This wordpress blog functions as my website for now.

Can I get a hand? Another hand?

January 31, 2015

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I think I talked about this fiddle in an earlier post. I have really taken to playing the fiddle lately. I don’t know what I was thinking, but when I built this thing sometime last year I gave it a crazy long neck and scale length. I don’t know why. It made it, well, no fun to play. It was really awkward to hold and sounded weird so I just hung it on the wall and forgot about it. Until yesterday. I picked it up and thought, “hey I bet I can chop 3 or 4 inches out of that neck and that thing might be playable for once.” I carefully separated the neck from the fingerboard with my scroll saw and then I hacked the neck down to a normal 4/4 scale length. Glued it all back together, reshaped and sanded it a bit and bam it plays like a dream.  I can’t think of a reason I would have made the scale so long to start with, but after about an hour of cutting and reshaping I got the strings back on. I like this fiddle a lot more now than I ever have. It sounds a lot better too. Am I rambling? I think I’m rambling.

Oh yeah, that piece of twine goes around your neck. Wear the fiddle like a necklace. It holds it in place as you play, you almost forget that it is an awkward gourd with no chin-rest.

You can own this if you want. I sell pretty much everything I build. I’d like $400 for it. Email me if you’re interested!