Reproduction 19th Century Tack Head Fretless Banjos

The Banjo Factory

12 Inch Minstrel Banjo

  • Rosin the Beau on 12 inch with New Nylagut0:33
  • 12 inch sound sample - Rose of Alabama0:19
  • 12 Inch Minstrel Camptown0:19

The majority of the wooden shell banjos of  the 1850s were approximately 12 inches in diameter.  The Minstrel 12" Banjo is a fretless banjo with a premium grade deer rawhide head and a rosewood finger board. The multi-layered laminated wooden shell is approx. 1/4 inches in thickness and approximately 12  inches in diameter. It is approx. 2 1/2 inches deep . 

Hear a sound sample below.  It has a 26" scale length and is strung with new Nylgut. 

Because of the unavailability of straight grained maple I am now using mahogany for the banjo necks.

Plain sided uncarved mahogany neck without the rosewood

fingerboard                                                                        $349.00 (Banjo Only)

Rosewood fingerboard                                                        $80.00
Optional "ogee" carved neck is an additional $30.00 (each side)
Rosewood capped bridge add                                              $8.00
Ribbon trim, add                                                                  $20.00
Rosewood Tailpiece, add                                                    $10.00
The "Stichter" style or "lazy 8" peg head is standard. If you want a scroll or rectangular type

head, please indicate in the "Comments" section of the order form.

(Mechanical tuners vary in price from $50 to $140 or more. If you would like this option included with your kit banjo, please check out the mechanical tuners link under "Options" and note your preference in the Comments section of the order. Please contact me if you have any questions.)

Shipping and Handling (S&H) domestic                             $48.00 banjo only

Black Coffin case with green felt lining                              $200.00 (ordered with banjo)
With Victorian style lining, add                                             $30.00 
Rectangular case with green felt lining                              $179.00 (ordered with banjo)

S&H (domestic) with banjo and case                                    $68.00

For foreign or over seas shipments, please request a quotation.