The Freedom Fretless

An American original

This handmade fretless banjo is built with an 11-inch rim that is 3/8″ thick. The peghead is of simple, minimal design in keeping with its vintage 19th century roots.

The scooped fingerboard, peghead veneer and nut are each fashioned with Richlite, a sustainable alternative to Ebony. The hardware is raw brass, including the heel cap — which is stamped with the word “freedom.”

It is fitted with a natural goat skin head, Nylgut strings and a handmade vintage style Maple bridge.

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

  • Fretless Richlite fingerboard (scooped) / Richlite peghead veneer & nut

  • Raw brass hardware / Old-style round bracket shoes

  • Rolled brass tone ring / Raw brass 5th string pip

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

  • Handmade Maple bridge / Gotoh planetary tuners

  • Custom stamped “freedom” raw brass heel cap / Bad River shop rag

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A note about sustainability

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.