Lurcher Banjo Review in FOAOTMAD Magazine

Here’s a short review of the Lurcher Banjo by Dan Stewart in the Autumn edition of Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance Magazine. Click on the image below to see it full size and read the article. Scroll down for a video of Dan Stewart playing the Lurcher banjo. It’s always a lovely […]

Rare, Exclusive Photos of the Islander Banjo-Build by Malcolm McLeod

I’m proud to be a small-batch handmade banjo-maker. Doing this job, I meet some amazing people. My customers are from all around the country and from all sorts of jobs and backgrounds. From barristers, priests, helicopter pilots and pub landlords one of the real pleasures of this work is getting to know people and building […]

What to Consider When Choosing a Luthier to Make Your Open Back Banjo

The following is an excerpt from our free downloadable guide to customising your open back banjo. A Luthier is just a fancy name of someone who builds or repairs instruments and there are many excellent makers around the world to choose from. So what do you need to consider when deciding who to work with? […]

What Tuner Buttons and Tuners Can You Choose for an Open Back Banjo?

For more information about customising your open back banjo, check out our free guide. Tuner buttons are purely cosmetic and can be wood, plastic or mother of pearl. It really is down to your personal taste. It’s worth asking for a good quality set of planetary tuners. These take the name from planets orbiting around […]

3 Popular Choices for Fingerboard Woods on Banjos

The following is taken from our free guide: customising your open back banjo It’s important to choose a fingerboard that you like the feel of, that holds frets well and resists wear. And even though you’re only looking at a 5mm thickness, the type of wood you choose will affect the sound you’re after. Here […]

What Wood Should You Choose for Your Custom Open Back Banjo?

The following is from our free guide to customising your open back banjo. Wood choice isn’t just aesthetic, different wood densities can also affect the tone. Here’s a run down of some of the properties of common wood choices for handmade banjos. Maple Unstained maple is very pale in colour. There are different varieties and […]

Calculating Banjo Import Costs From the US to the UK

The following is taken from our free buyer’s guide to customising an open back banjo. You can download the full version by clicking this link. Figures correct as of Feb 2013. One thing you will want to consider when buying a custom open back banjo is if there are any delivery or import duties. Currently […]