As you may remember, the US Postal Service broke my new banjo.
A lot of you wrote to cheer me up, and while I am way behind on my written and electronic correspondence your kind thoughts and words were greatly appreciated.
And now, and update on where we stand at this moment.
We did all the insurance paperwork and Gary started on a new neck and checked out the old Vega pot (which is precious to me not because it’s a vintage item, but because Dear Old Dad gave it to me) and went to work on a new neck.
I got my first look at the work in progress today. It looks really cool.
I know banjos traditionally have a lot of pearl and abalone bling, but I love the look and feel of an unadorned fretboard. The lack of visual cues also goes well with my approach to the instrument.
This very Zen neck combined with the old twelve-inch Vega tubaphone pot should result in the single most bad ass banjo since Sabata.
Before we wrap this up there is one thing I want to make clear – something easily forgotten when it comes to the building of a custom instrument such as this – is that there is no such thing as a magic banjo. Yes, this will be a pretty amazing instrument, but go back through the workshops my father and I have posted over the last fifteen years and you will find that Patrick Costello sounds like Patrick Costello if he is playing an old Harmony or a crazily customized one of a kind banjo. It is never the instrument. It is always the player. The only thing remotely magical about this new five-string is that my Dear Old Dad came up with the idea and made it happen for me – which is all the magic this picker will ever need.
To catch up on the story:
- Banjo Conversion
- Frailing Bazooka (or) did you get the license number of that tubaphone?
- Building the Beast
- My New Banjo Is Almost Finished!
- So close, and yet so far freaking away
- The US Postal Service Broke My Banjo
- My Broken Banjo, Courtesy of the US Postal Service
- Busted-Up Banjo Update
Last, but not least, to learn about the signatures on the head of my Somerset S1P banjo, just repeat to yourself that it’s just a show . . .