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How to build a (fretless tackhead or gourd) banjo

Plans and descriptions from when I've taught banjo building to my classes

When teaching banjo history as a way to discuss race in America in my classes at Bowling Green State University, I have had the opportunity to bring them to the arts area and build banjos from scratch.

To make this work, I prepared two guides. One was for a few students who were working independently, another was adapted for a larger class. I share them here with the hopes that (1) you might make some banjos and (2) you'd let me know how it goes!

I do some things differently now than what these guides share, but they will get you up and running.

How to make a fretless tackhead banjo

How to make a gourd banjo