Hoop on Stick Two

This is another take on the hoop on stick design. Here’s the feature run down. Slotted Peghead This option may be a little more compact and slightly lighter than a paddle style peghead. Slotted pegheads work well with simple shapes. Slotted and Off-Set Fifth String The fifth string tuner uses a slotted frame. It matches the peghead. The off-set fifth string provides a little more space in between the fifth string and the fourth string. If you have a big clumsy index finger, like me, this extra space can come in handy. Waverly Guitar Tuners with Ebony Knobs The ebony knobs … Continue reading Hoop on Stick Two

Gourd Banjo: Tailpiece

This article is about a design for a tailpiece that works well for gourd banjos. This article also discusses the goals of a tailpiece in the gourd banjo setting. Problem: If the strings rest against the outside wall of the gourd, the tension of the strings may cause the gourd to become misshapen or could even cause it to cave in. Solution:┬áMake a tailpiece that keeps the string tension off of the wall of the gourd. Using a long dowel stick that sticks out from the tail end of the gourd provides something for the tailpiece to attach too. This … Continue reading Gourd Banjo: Tailpiece