Building A New System

Hello everyone, I hope you all have been making it through this strange time in human history. I have been juggling work from shop reorganizing to luthier repair work to banjo building, all with lots of personal construction projects, so as usual, the builds are not going as fast as planned and I find spring at my doorstep with 10 banjos a little more than half finished. But work is progressing steadily!

Part of the progression of work is a new banjo ordering system! I began building a new “Build-A-Banjo Tool” back in November. It’s been a lot of work and I’m sure once you all try it out, I will find a bug or two I missed. However, I’ve tested the new ordering tool as much as I can on my own.

So today I am happy to introduce the new Snowbird Banjo Company “Build-A-Banjo Tool” to help you figure out what kind of banjo you want in a custom build! This tool will give you a step by step journey into building a banjo, start to finish, and at the end, it will give you an “estimated” cost. Now remember, this is an estimated cost, as part of the process, you can use the Build-A-Banjo Tool to list the items and then we will confirm this order in a proof. If you have some customized inlay designs, following the 30% of the estimate down payment, I will get started designing your inlay and we can modify it as much as you would like until its just right. Then, I will create a build packet with final pricing that you can sign off on, then I’ll get to work building your custom banjo.

I have been really anticipating this release as so much time is often involved of communicating what something looks like or what options are available. This new tool puts an image in front of you so you know what the feature is ahead of time and how it will effect the cost. Then the communication can be focused on fine tuning the details.

So, check it out, if you’re interested in a build, fill it out and let me know if anything is missing that should be included!


WhiteHawk – Marijuana Majortone

This was a fun custom resonator banjo with a customer commissioned Marjuana Inlay motif. This banjo was delayed due to the shutdown and I’m really happy to get it on the road! Here are the specs:

Read more… “WhiteHawk – Marijuana Majortone”

August 2019 Newsletter

What a wild ride we’ve been on since the last newsletter. So many wonderful and exciting changes have happened since then. This issue of the newsletter originally began as a July newsletter, but after setting as a “draft” for a whole month while I ran around like a headless chicken, I am coming back to it for August!

Read more… “August 2019 Newsletter”