Banjo Building Instructions

Comprehensive, downloadable instructions for building an open-back banjo.

• Recommended parts and tools
• Fitting and shaping
• Installing the frets
• Nut and inlays
• Hardware installation
• Finish application


Welcome to banjo making!

Banjo kit rim

The banjo described in these instruction is an open-back (no resonator), and is suitable for either old-time or bluegrass playing styles.

Banjo kit fretting
Banjo kit peghead

These instructions were written for a banjo kit that we no longer have in stock. But you can still order the parts separately. Use this Old-time Banjo Parts List along with these instructions to build your own open-back banjo:

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