Celebrating 20 years with a special kit

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  • #5420
    Carver Banjos
    Keymaster

    I’ve been building banjos since I was 16 years old. I stumbled upon the banjo kit idea about 10 years later and that’s when things really took off and I realized I could make a career out of banjos.
    So, 20 years making banjos, 10 years making banjo kits and 12+ years with this dedicated website.
    I am preparing a batch of 20 special minstrel kits that will be selling for $150 each. I want to give some a chance to get a high quality kit at the lowest price possible. I chose to use an old template for the necks- it’s the same neck I started out with about 10 years ago. I’ve added some 3d printed parts- nut, bridges and a peghead scroll.
    Scale length is 21”, rim is 10”.
    Will post up for sale on 6/17. Thank you everyone for your support over the years.

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    #5457
    Carver Banjos
    Keymaster

    The kits have sold out in under 24 hours! Thank you everyone. I will be processing those orders over the next couple weeks, thank you for your patience.
    I will be moving information from the sales page to this thread: assembly instructions and videos etc.
    Someone commented on the YouTube video that they feel like they got the golden ticket in Willy Wonka and I thought that was pretty funny. I’d love to be thought of as the Willy wonka of the banjo world haha. Alright, check back here, I’ll have all the info up by the time these kits are shipping out.
    -Brian

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    #5459
    Carver Banjos
    Keymaster

    Screenshots of the original listing attached.

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    #5463
    Carver Banjos
    Keymaster

    Original video here:

    #5466
    matworsh
    Participant

    So awesome that you did this for the community. Would you be willing to tell me the dimensions of the 3d printed nut? If not that is understandable, I was just wanting to get a bone nut to put into this since I plan to make this my go to banjo and wanted something to complement the awesome craftsmanship of your kits. Thanks again and can’t wait to build the kit and play!

    #5469
    Carver Banjos
    Keymaster

    Thank you for your order! I don’t have the dimensions off hand but the nut is non standard in every aspect so you’ll have to make one from scratch if you go that route, use the 3d printed nut for reference.

    #5480
    matworsh
    Participant

    Cool cool, thanks I will do that!

    #5508
    Carver Banjos
    Keymaster

    Update: these kits will begin shipping out on Monday the 8th. I hope to have every order shipped by the following Friday.
    Will be posting videos and assembly tips here throughout next week.
    Thank you everyone

    #5521
    Carver Banjos
    Keymaster

    16 of 20 orders have now shipped. The first batch should be arriving today. I will ship the remaining 4 orders tomorrow. I am going to work through the emails this afternoon to get tracking to everyone.
    Thank you for your patience with this special kit. I underestimated the time it would take to get all of these out and I realize we are approaching one month since they went up for sale.
    I will continue to update this thread with some assembly videos over this weekend.

    #5522
    Carver Banjos
    Keymaster

    All kits have been shipped. All tracking numbers have been emailed to the email address you entered when purchasing, please check that email!
    Thank you everyone for your support and patience. This was a fun experiment and fun way to celebrate. I will probably never offer these kits again at this price but I am considering selling another run of them closer to Christmas this year.
    I will post some videos and assembly tips here tomorrow, so check back.

    #5523
    Jordan Smith
    Participant

    I opened up mine today and it looks great. Thanks for doing this a Brian. I’m looking forward to getting it put together!

    #5526
    Carver Banjos
    Keymaster

    #5527
    Carver Banjos
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    #5528
    Carver Banjos
    Keymaster

    #5529
    Carver Banjos
    Keymaster

    Talking about the strings at the 25:00 mark

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