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This traditional fretless model is built along the same lines as the original Camberwell Fretless banjo. It sports a simple minstrel style headstock with minimal ornamentation and raw brass hardware throughout. The Deutsch Fretless is made from American Black Walnut with Ebony fingerboard and peghead. The rim is fitted with an integrated Ebony tone ring for a warm, woody sound. And the natural…

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This lightweight and economical travel banjo is fashioned with a walnut neck and pot assembly. It’s built to travel easy, with a shorter A-scale neck and a narrow 4-inch width. This travel banjo is fitted with old-style Champion friction tuners and a patented internal maple tone ring frame. It comes with a custom case that is designed in the tradition of an old…

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This 5-string cherry banjo is built with an 11-inch rim that is 3/8″ thick. The peghead sports a vintage 50-cent coal scrip coin from the historic Weyanoke Coal and Coke Company of Hiawatha, West Virginia. The cherry rim is built with an integral matched cherry tone ring for a more rounded “woody” tone. Ebony is featured on the rim cap, heel cap, fingerboard…

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This 5-string walnut banjo is custom-built with a 12-inch rim for a deeper bass sound and greater volume. The peghead sports a vintage large 50-cent coal scrip coin from the historic Laurel Creek Coal Company from West Virginia. The walnut rim is built with an integral ebony tone ring and a matching ebony rim cap. An ogee-shaped scoop in the fingerboard allows for…

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This 4-string longneck mahogany banjo is custom-built for plectrum-style playing. With three extra frets on the end of the neck, it allows the player to perform in a variety of circumstances and tunings. And the 12-inch rim provides a richer, deeper bass sound with added volume. A large one-dollar coal scrip coin adorns the peghead, hailing from the old Winifrede Coal Company of…

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Recently, the fine folks at The Banjo Reserve reached out to talk to me about my banjos, and about life in general as a part-time banjo maker. The interview gave me a chance to think a little more deeply about the work I do – which is an exercise I highly recommend to anyone. Special thanks to Jim Van Zile from The Banjo…

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This fretless mahogany banjo captures a true vintage look with simple, well-placed ornamentation. A large one-dollar coal scrip coin adorns the peghead, and a matched one-cent piece sits in the ebony heel cap. Both are from the Avis Eagle Coal Company, which hailed from Logan County, West Virginia. The rich mahogany tone wood provides a warm, rounded sound. And the hand-rubbed oil finish…

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This lightweight and economical lefty travel banjo is fashioned with a cherry neck and pot assembly. It’s built to travel easy, with a shorter A-scale neck and a narrow 4-inch width. This travel banjo is fitted with 4:1 geared Peghed tuners and a patented internal maple tone ring frame. The Canadian Lefty features numerous improvements over the original prototype design – including a…

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Designed to be lightweight, economical and portable, this little number is fit to play just about anywhere. It’s an informal travel instrument with the heart and soul of a high quality banjo. A custom built ebony tailpiece is embedded with a vintage Kansas City transit token. The handmade ebony-tipped maple bridge is shaped in the spirit of old minstrel banjos. This handmade travel…

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This is a newly fashioned all-ebony tailpiece, built specifically for a smaller diameter banjo rim (around 9 inches or so). The silhouette mimics the shape of some very old ebony tailpieces. But the smooth profile and sloped bevels give it a uniquely modern aesthetic. Shown here with a penny for scale, this little tailpiece is structurally sound and built to last. As with…