4-STRING BANJO patterned after detail from
John Rose's South Carolina Watercolor (c. 1785)
This historical recreation banjo features a flat neck, flowerspot soundholes, three long strings and one short 'thumb' string.
This recreation is based on the clearest image of an gourd banjo from the early United States. There are few missing details from that painting. Since the re-discovery of the Haitian Banza in 2003, Pete is able to use details from that instrument to complete the "Old Plantation" Banjo. In the most faithfully historic versions of this banjo, it has a leather tailpiece and a leather thong "nut."
South Carolina Watercolor Banjo: $925
South Carolina Watercolor Banjo (Modified for easier playability): $1,125
I only work on custom orders and my waitlist is currently closed. If you are a musician or museum with an exhibit or performance date you have to meet, please contact me. I'm happy to talk banjo if you have any special commission ideas you’d like to talk about as well. You can also get on my email list to stay updated on when I will be opening my list again and for any builder's choice banjos that may become available.