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Jeff Menzies
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  • Kingston
  • Jamaica
  • 15 years
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Jeff Menzies replied to Strumelia's discussion October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!
"Hello everyone! I will be teaching several gourd banjo making workshops across the USA and Canada this summer. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Long branch, NJ, Portland, OR, Nashville, TN, Lexington, KY. You can check out the flyers for them at…"
Mar 11, 2018
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Jeff Menzies posted a discussion

New Jersey Gourd Banjo Making Workshop JUNE

Hi there! I have one more spot open for enrolment to attend my Long Branch, NJ gourd, tackhead banjo making workshop this June. The class runs from June 11-16, 2018. Drop me a note if interested. No wood working experience is required.Jeff Menzieswww.jeffreymenzies.comSee More
Mar 11, 2018
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Profile Information

How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
How long have you played banjo?
15 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Gourd banjo and steel string

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Comment Wall (8 comments)

At 9:03am on December 23, 2008, Tim Twiss said…
Hey, 'bout time you showed up partner!
At 10:34am on December 23, 2008, John Masciale said…
Hi Jeff, Glad you found your way onto this site. Great pictures!
At 7:01pm on December 29, 2008, Jim Dalton said…
Hi Jeff,

My Boucher is a George Wunderlich. I love it.

By the way, I sure wish I could come to your gourd banjo making workshop but alas, it's too far away and it conflicts with midterms (my students would never forgive me --ha, ha...)

I assume that's one of yours in the above photo. Looks great. My next banjo should be a gourd.... we'll have to talk sometime.
At 7:19pm on December 29, 2008, Jim Dalton said…
Hi Jeff,

Just searched out your webpage while you were responding to my message.

Excellent work! Nice variety of styles too.

I also find the dipper gourds very intriguing.
At 9:39pm on December 03, 2009, Carl Anderton gave Jeff Menzies a gift
At 8:31am on July 25, 2011, Ian Bell said…
Hi Geoff - I've played a couple of your banjos and I'm a fan! I must confess I had a long, hard look at the tackhead in the 12th Fret before embarking on my own banjo-making project last year. (It helped - thanks)
At 7:02am on May 14, 2013, Dave Culgan said…

Hi Jeff. I finally got around to drilling a sound hole in my gourd banjo, 2" hole saw like you recommended. The bass vibrations that pump in out of there are amazing, must be a lot of sound pressure because I can feel my shirt vibrating when I play the low string. Also I noticed you had included the build date. This one was nine years old on Sunday. From looking at your web page pics I think it might be #9. I replaced the walnut tailpiece with a thinner one from a piece of rosewood my brother gave me, the gut strings were actually cutting into the old one. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I've really enjoyed this banjo over the years. Regards, Dave

At 3:05pm on June 17, 2013, Scott Danneker said…

Hi Jeff,

Can't seem to put my tack-head down.  My 94 year old mother is with us for the summer and asked me last night if I ever played any of my other three banjos.  My attachment to your banjo has definately progressed beyond "fond".   Question: The tail piece is white, can you tell me what it's made of?

Many thanks for making this truely wonderful instrument! 

Best Regards,

-Scott Danneker


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