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In this video I demonstrate two of my latest mountain banjo builds: a rare, hexagonal type that e...

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How to build a traditional Kentucky-style mountain banjo with hexagon- or octagon-shaped sound ch...

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Below is a list of articles, essays, and books that are relevant to our understanding of early banjo culture.

  • Bauer, Albert (.pdf attached below)
"Reminiscences of a Banjo Player" S. S. Stewart's Banjo and Guitar Journal (February, 1893 and other issues...) 

  • Berlin, Ira


  • Combs, Josiah


  • Conway, Cecilia


  • Dubois, Laurent


  • Epstein, Dena
"The Folk Banjo: A Documentary History" Ethnomusicology19, no. 3 (1975)


  • Fischer, David


  • Gibson, George


  • Gura, Phillip & James Bollman


  • Hopkin, Rachel (.pdf attached below)
"Countering Cultural Strip-Mining in Eastern Kentucky: Music Making as Cultural Reconstruction" Western Folklore Magazine (Winter, 2016-2017)


  • Irwin, John


  • Linn, Karen


  • Merritt, Keri Leigh


  • Morgan, Philip


  • Robert, Leonard


  • Rosenbaum, Arthur


  • Sommerville, Diane Miller


  • Tallmadge, William
"The Folk Banjo and Clawhammer Performance Practice in the Upper South: A Study of Origins" The Appalachian Experience edited by Barry M. Buxton Boone, NC: Appalachian Consortium (1983)


  • Wigginton, Eliot
Foxfire 6 (1980)
Foxfire 3 (1975)


  • Winans, Robert
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This unmarked "Dobson" has an unusual 12-inch rim, new goatskin head, new Five Star tuners, reproduction No-Knot tailpiece, and a Clifford Essex bridge. All Dobson banjos (even the "Silver Bell" models) were probably produced by Buckbee in New York City from the early 1880s until his bankruptcy in 1901. By that time, Buckbee had been bought out by Rettberg & Lange.
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