Sneak peak at mini banjos

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I’ve been working lately on a couple of small banjos.  One is a banjolele, or ukulele banjo with a 13 7/8″ scale length, and the other is a C-scale banjo which has the same scale length as a baritone ukulele (19 5/8″), which will be for my 7-year-old son, Hinoki.  They are getting closer to completion. I have been hoping to get them both done by the end of October, but Hinoki and I have come up with some pretty ambitious inlay ideas, so his may get a bit delayed while I focus on getting the banjolele done…. But enjoy these in-progress photos!

They both feature  a flared rim, which I have recently learned is quite similar to those made by the Weymann stringed instrument company in the 1920’s and 30’s.  Weymann made incredible instruments, so that is a compliment I suppose! They called their rims “megaphonic”.  We’ll see how accurate that is after I get them strung up! If you are interested, check out some of the Weymann banjos here – http://www.banjoworld.de/Weymann.htm

These first photos are the Banjolele:
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And these are Hinoki’s C-Scale

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