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The podcast for people who play bluegrass music or want to!


Episode 103 - Build Something

It's not that difficult to try your hand at instrument building. Even hacking out a fretless "mountain" banjo or a simple dulcimer can be a lot of fun and increase your knowledge of and appreciation for great instruments. Here's my story of home-made instruments.

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NOTES AND LINKS FOR THIS EPISODE:

Here is a blog article I wrote on making your own banjo. That page has some photos of some of the banjos I have made.

And here is a basic plan to help you understand how I made one particular banjo. This plan IS A DRAFT. I have made one instrument following this drawing BUT I learned a few things in the process and I plan to update this with slight modifications. Eventually, especially if folks express interest, I will offer it with a detailed set of step by step instructions and construction photographs.

mountain banjo plan

(If you click on the image it will bring up the large version. It's 1.4 MB in size so give it a few seconds to load. You can then save it or zoom in to see the details.)

 


The music for this episode is:

Intro - Buddy Ashmore and Pony Express singing Prison Walls written by Randy Godwin.

Outro - "Shave and a Haircut" from my eBook "Wild and Weird Banjo Endings."

 

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