Tackhead with Internal Tension

Tackhead banjo with internal tensioning

Here's another banjo with an internal tensioning system. The tackhead travel banjo was so successful, I decided to try the concept on a full sized banjo.

Here is a video demonstration and explanantion and another video demonstration done months after the banjo was built. More photos of the banjo are below.

It has a block rim with purple heart, mahogany and maple

Block rim - purple heart, mahogony and maple

The peghead and fretboard are rosewood

Rosewood peghead and fretboard

The neck is wormy maple (ambrosia)

5th string carving

a calfskin head


I used standard bodhran head tuners for this instrument, but I think I like my homemade ones better

Internal head tuners