For those of you preferring to do it yourself, but lacking a workshop or at least some of the special tools required to fabricate a banjo, I have done the hard part for you and created a kit gourd banjo. I designed a slightly varied version of my finished banjos to make it possible for someone with very limited wood working skills to assemble a functional instrument in 2 to 4 evenings.
Gourd Kit Banjo
The kit banjo will have about a 25" to 26" scale length.
Kit includes everything necessary to complete a gourd banjo. The kit includes:
1 roughed out neck with pre-notched slot for nut, pre-drilled and tapered holes. There is a slot on the neck for the spike, which passes through the gourd.
1 Canteen gourd (Cleaned on the outside, but otherwise uncut)
1 rosewood nut
1 Tail piece
1 wood blank for a bridge (optional carved bridge available)
1 rawhide thong to attach the tail piece
1 sheet of rawhide for the head
Approx 40 brass tacks (You will not need more than 36 to 38 of them, but I provide extra in case you bend a couple.)
1 set of Nylagut strings
1 set of instructions
NOTE: The rectangular peg head is standard for the kit banjos.
For other styles, add $30.00. Other styles such as the Stichter or scroll have to be custom made and may add a few days to delivery. Just make a note of this preference in the "Comments" section when you order.
(Mechanical tuners vary in price from $50 to $140 or more. If you would like this option included with your kit banjo, please check out the mechanical tuners link under "Options" and note your preference in the Comments section of the order. Please contact me if you have any questions.)
For a left-handed neck, there is no additional charge, but allow an extra week for delivery.
Kit Gourd Banjo $149.00
The kits were designed to come without options. If you wish to add any, the prices for the options are the same as they are for the other banjos.