For quite some time I wanted to make an 1850s style wooden face banjo similar to the banjo on the cover of Briggs' Banjo Instructor.
I finally made myself one, but instead of the slotted head, I used a scroll pattern peg head .
I now have an all-weather banjo! This banjo is no more susceptible to moisture or temperature than a guitar.
I brought it to the Frog Holler Rendezvous this April, where it rained 4 out of the 5 days I was there and it stayed in tune with no difficulty.
The 12 inch Briggs' style wooden face fretless banjo comes with the scroll style peg head standard, a scale length of approximately 26" and a double ogee mahogany neck with a rosewood finger board. The maple wood shell is approx. 5/8 inches in thickness. It is approx. 2 1/2 inches deep.
(If you want a slotted peg head version with geared tuning pegs and a straight neck to more closely resemble the cover art of Briggs' Banjo Instructor, I could do one for the same price. Please contact me if you are interested.)
For additional photos, see Banjo Gallery 5.
Here is a sound sample from the above banjo strung with new Nylagut strings. It is more subdued and mellow in tone than its rawhide counterpart, but still has a nice volume. I've used it for a a couple gigs now and it holds its own with mandolin and fiddle.
Neck as shown
with the rosewood fingerboard, friction tuning pegs and tail piece. (Option: Straight neck with slotted peg head and mechanical tuners.)
Briggs' style Wooden Face Banjo ............................................ $589.00
Optional "PegHed" planetary tuners.........................additional $150.00
The banjo above is fitted with planetary tuners which, even close up, look almost exactly like ebony friction pegs.
See Shipping and Handling (S&H) for delivery charges.
Black Coffin case is extra (See "Cases" for pricing). Cases are substantially discounted when ordered together with a banjo.