Posts Tagged ‘diy banjo kit’

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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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.

The Daily Frail and DIY Banjo Kits

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!

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″

DIY BANJO KIT Assembly part 1 of 3

February 26, 2015

DIY Banjo Kit

February 23, 2015

Supplies are got

February 21, 2015

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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 carverbanjos@gmail.com or

carverbanjos.com which will direct you to my ebay page.

DIY banjo kits and website back up

February 17, 2015

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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