Friday, February 17, 2017


 I built this banjeaurine on a lark and to satisfy my interest in learning to play clawhammer. The banjeaurine seemed like an obvious choice as it has a shorter scale length than a typical banjo, similar to a concert scale ukulele, and is tuned to C. This was my first go using a tin that was not round. I have avoided using octagonal, rectangular, or other odd shaped tins because the lids are usually lose on the sides and introduce all sorts of can rattle noise. In addition, those flat sides are not supported by the shape. In a round tin the curve of the sides make them stiff. In this case, as you can see in the first image above, the back side is supported by what was the top of the tin with a round hole.
  • tin: 6 7/8 x 4 3/4 inch
  • scale length: 380 mm, 15 inch
  • head to tail: 620 mm, 24 3/8 inch
  • c .008, G .010, C .015, E .011, G .010
  • maple neck
  • cocobolo fret board
  • silk neck tie strap