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10-14-2014, 01:41 PM
Hello all. I have been looking for some info or plans for building a Tahitian banjo. Haven't found anything too useful so far. I did find a blog in an older thread, but was looking for more detailed info. I know its not too common on here but I thought I would check.

Thanks, Greg

10-14-2014, 01:52 PM
What exactly is a Tahitian Banjo?

10-14-2014, 06:35 PM
Is it like those MOTUs? In that case I think RobC made one.

10-14-2014, 06:44 PM
Hi there, I got one made in a New Zealand Prison - very solid out of one piece of oak. Could double up as a Patu.

Here is a link that might be of help:
If you look under construction there are a few good images that give you a bit of an idea.

Here is another link with great images:

You could always send a message to one of those builders - Polynesians are amongst the most helpful and friendly people on earth and i am sure most would share their wisdom.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-14-2014, 09:36 PM
You might have more success searching for a Tahitian ukulele as that is what it's commonly called. I've got one and it's a kick. Look up Scott Zuziak for inspiration. He makes the most amazing Tahitian ukes I've ever seen. You don't really need plans. Grab a few images from a Google image search and figure it out from there. My neighbor builds them and they are really very simple instruments.

10-15-2014, 12:59 AM
Check out the sophisticated tools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTggcYjoVEw&noredirect=1

10-15-2014, 09:24 AM
Check out the sophisticated tools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTggcYjoVEw&noredirect=1

Thanks for this cool clip - I hope he tightened that chain on the saw before he used it...lol...

10-16-2014, 02:43 AM
Thanks for all the info.