Posts Tagged ‘diy’

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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Banjos going out, new coming in

February 13, 2015

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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 carverbanjos@gmail.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.