The original Mastertone Banjo that Gibson produced was the standard for bluegrass music. This sought-after instrument is faithfully detailed here with the original neck & headpiece configurations, resonator and metal parts, used on the original instrument. This is the instrument played by Earl Scruggs and led the popular movement of bluegrass music in the 1960's and 1970's.
We have detailed this instrument with several options, such as flattop or archtop head, one-piece flange or tube and plate configurations.
Note: As ALL of our plans are sold as digital downloads, when you complete your plan purchase with us, you will automatically be given a download link to access the plans.
The images at the top of this product page show the following drawings:
(3) Master Banjo Plan Sheets
These digital download banjo plans are very detailed and include all the necessary templates, and details to make this very exquisite instrument.
If you are up for a challenge in the next step in your instrument building aspirations, this plan is for you. Your return will be in incredible instrument with great volume and balance and with the right appointments, will be an heirloom you and your customers can pass down from generation to generation.
Total Length: 973.6mm (38.33")
Resonator Diameter: 349.3mm (13.75")
Neck Width @ Nut 30.2mm (1.2")
Neck Width @ ToneRing: 46.8mm (1.84")
Scale Length: 670.9mm (26.41")
Standard 5-String Banjo Plan
Detailed wood rim for both one-piece flange and tube & plate.
Curly Maple Laminated Resonator
Curly maple neck, ebony fretboard with standard hearts & flowers inlays
Laminating details for the wood rim.
Classic Gibson Headpiece plus 2 additional optional headpieces.
3 sheets of full sized drawings with:
Detailed plan view showing layout of neck, headpiece and how metal parts fit together, including all dimensions & notations. Note: as is typical for our plans, dimensions are given in both millimeters and fractional inches.
Elevation of side of the instrument.
Section through entire instrument showing how all metal and wooden parts fit together.
Layout of wood rim and lamination details of wood rim.
Detail of neck heel to resonator connection.
Template layouts of all parts including Neck, Fretboard, , headpiece, inlays and more.
Fret spacing chart