Our fretless MINSTREL BANJO is a 19th Century reproduction that we handcraft ourselves out of Cherry, Black Walnut or Curly Maple. They are not museum reproductions, but are a good representation of the era for the re-enactor that likes a playable instrument out in the field in all kinds of weather.
CHERRY BLACK WALNUT CURLY MAPLE
Our STANDARD MINSTREL BANJO comes with a laminated 12” poplar pot with your choice of Cherry or Black Walnut veneer on the outside. The neck is made of solid Cherry or Black Walnut. It comes with Remo 12” Fiberskyn head and Nylgut Minstrel strings. The tuning pegs are solid Ebony and the bridge is Maple. You have your choice of solid Bright Brass or Aged Brass shoes in either Eagles, Shields, or Stars (cast from original 19th century shoes) and your choice of tailpiece from a solid Bright Brass or Aged Brass Hand (our own design) or a hardwood Fan tailpiece included in the price. (See picture below)
Our DELUXE MINSTREL BANJO in Curly Maple comes with the same choices as the Standard except the pot is laminated Curly Maple capped off with Walnut and the neck is solid Curly Maple with deluxe Rosewood pegs.
BOTH Models come with a William Boucher style neck and headstock with beehive. Other styles of necks and headstocks can also be done. Email us with your request.
Watch Tim Twiss demonstrate our Minstrel Banjo.
Your choice of Tailpieces and Shoes
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You can also purchase just the Indiviual SHOES. Your choice of Bright Brass or Aged Brass EAGLES, SHIELDS, or STARS. Each shoe is supplied with a 12-24 x 1/2 slot head screw.
Price $6 each
You can just purchase TAILPIECES in the Bright Brass or Aged Brass Hand or the hardwood Fan.
Price $20 each
WOODEN COFFIN CASES are made to fit our Minstrel Banjos and most Parlor Guitars. They are painted black with a leather handle, 3 hinges, and 3 safety latches. They are lined with Red Wool Felt and Victorian paper. They measure 41” long, 15” at the widest point, and 5” deep.
Price $125 with a purchase of an instrument. $150 case alone
CHIPBOARD PLUSHED-LINED CASES (not hard-shell) are available.
Price $49 with a purchase of an instrument. $59 case alone
To order, simply use the contact tab, or click here, and tell us your preferences in the comments section.