Posts Tagged ‘handmade banjo’

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