The Deutsch Fretless

Minimal and timeless

This traditional fretless banjo 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 veneer. The rim is fitted with an integrated ebony tone ring for a warm, woody sound. And the natural goat hide head adds to the vintage aesthetic and tonal quality.

The steam-bent rim is 3/8″ thick for lighter weight and a throatier tone — also in keeping with its 19th century roots.

Custom Banjo Features
  • Walnut neck / 3-ply Walnut rim with Maple core

  • Fretless Ebony fingerboard with frailing scoop / Ebony peghead veneer

  • Raw brass hardware / Old-style round bracket shoes

  • Ebony tone ring / Ebony nut / Raw brass 5th string pip

  • No-knot tailpiece / Natural goatskin head / Aquila Nylgut strings

  • Handmade Maple bridge / Gotoh planetary tuners

  • Two-way adjustable truss rod

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A note about sustainable materials

I only use domestically harvested North American hardwoods (walnut, cherry and maple) along with sustainable fingerboard materials. I’ve replaced ebony with Richlite (a superior renewable alternative) in all of my newer banjos.