The Banjo Factory
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Reproduction Fretless 19th Century Banjos

Join the fretless banjo fraternity! Experience American "roots" music the way it used to be, then pass it on. Ring, Ring de Banjo!

Fretless Banjos


If you were searching for economically priced reproduction 19th Century and Victorian period fretless banjos, you have landed in the right place.

Our wooden shell and gourd banjos are authentic looking and affordable. They give you that wonderful 19th Century low bass toned minstrel sound. Each banjo is a unique hand made original by John Salicco. They are designed to be played "stroke style" (a simple type of frailing or claw hammer stroke) typically tuned 2 1/2 steps below modern tuning. From about 1830 to 1860 this was a common tuning for the banjo.
The sound sample at the top of this page is played "stroke style" on a 14" minstrel fretless banjo similar to the ones pictured to the left.

We make two basic models: a gourd banjo and a tackhead wooden shell minstrel banjo. These banjos do not copy any specific 19th Century banjo, but rather incorporate elements from several period instruments to give them the sound, look and feel of the period. 

Enjoy your visit and thanks for stopping by!

If you are looking for something you do not see here, we are willing to customize. Please contact us with your ideas.