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Project by HankLP posted 06-06-2019 05:45 AM 515 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When a banjo playing friend happened to try one of my banjo-ukes, he suggested I make a “Pony Banjo”. This has the same scale length as a tenor ukulele (i.e. 17 inches from nut to bridge) with a fifth string added. The wood is Myrtle mixed with Sapele, and a Jatoba fret board. The tension hoop is 10 inch diameter nickel-plated brass which was made by cutting and re-rolling an 11 inch hoop. The wrist-rest was attached to the tension hoop with (2) 10-32 screws. I wrestled a long time with attachment ideas but decided to give this one a try.





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#1 posted 06-06-2019 11:36 AM

Pretty, and interesting. How does it play?

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 06-06-2019 02:33 PM

Dave, It plays well with nylon strings. It would be brighter with steel strings, and I will probably try those out at some future date.

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#3 posted 06-06-2019 02:36 PM

Very cool. Was that from a kit or just random parts ordered from somewhere like Stewmac? I have always wanted to build a banjo, almost started a mountain style banjo, but I really want to make a more modern version.

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#4 posted 06-06-2019 02:50 PM

SMP, This was built from scratch. Hardware including tension ring, head, brackets and tuners were ordered from various places including StewMac. Two of my earlier projects show the building techniques. Check out OPEN BACK BANJO 7-16-17 and BANJOLELE 6-11-18

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#5 posted 06-06-2019 08:59 PM

Never heard of a Pony Banjo (guess I’m gonna have to edjumicate myself!) but it looks like it would be fun to play. I will check out your other offerings as well!
Friending you for sure!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#6 posted 06-06-2019 11:53 PM

Even shorter scale than a banjeaurine. Neat, Hank!

Mike, here’s a comparison of the different scale banjos – I’ve got huge paws so I probably wouldn’t like playing such a small scale (I sure don’t on guitar), but they’re fascinating to look at.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 06-07-2019 02:29 AM

Dave,
Thanks for the info! I have pretty good sized hands but still play the mandolin fairly easily.
I have a bunch of old drums kicking around the house that I thought I would use the heads to make some fun (if not a bit distorted scale) banjos out of. One day…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#8 posted 06-07-2019 04:36 AM

Dave, Thanks for sharing the article. This banjo has a shorter scale than the banjourine, but it is actually a “C” scale banjo with a 17 inch scale so it works with tenor Ukulele strings. My “G” scale banjos all have a 25.5 inch scale because I bought a cheap maple slotted fretboard from StewMac to use as a fretting template. It’s all relative.

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#9 posted 06-09-2019 10:22 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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