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Briggs' Wooden Banjo

Briggs' style WoodenFor 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 ............................................

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.

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