#3 - fretless mountain banjo

This was the first mountain banjo I built, over winter and early spring 2019/20.

It was built, true to the original mountain banjos, in a spirit of improvisation and using readily available materials where possible. Hence the odd grain orientation on the back plate and cheap philips head screws. It still plays perfectly though, and serves faithfully as my own mountain banjo.


The neck is cherry with a walnut fingerboard. The front and back of the pot are oak, while the middle ring is cherry to match the neck.


The nuts are bone, and the skin is calfskin vellum, with an internal tension hoop made from a length of PVC pipe.