Custom Banjo Gallery
Here are some photos of some of my most recent custom creations - click on thumbnails for larger images.
This curly maple banjo was commissioned by Cajun musician Jon Bertrand, of the Pine Leaf Boys, and features a half-fretless brass plate, long backstrap and an engraved Griffin (one of my favorite inlays) on the back of the peghead. Jon is currently attempting to re-integrate clawhammer banjo into Cajun music!
This walnut slothead banjo was commissioned by drone musician John Kolodij, who records as High aura'd, and features a slotted 5th string, the new BUCKEYE stamp on the scoop plate and the new Waverly tuners with brass buttons. It also has a beautiful heel inlay of a perched crow, inspired by an vintage Japanese woodblock print.
This curly maple banjo was commissioned by an avid Appalachian Trail hiker and features a Lady's Slipper on the peghead and a Poison Ivy vine on the fretboard, as well as a walnut heart on the heel inlayed from a piece of wood from her family farm.
Unfortunately, at this time, I am not taking new Custom Banjo orders due to high demand. As soon as I am able to work through my current orders, I will re-open the Custom List. If you are interested in planning your Custom Buckeye, you can start with the B100, and simply add options. Pricing for the various options as well as photos of some past Custom Buckeyes you can use for inspiration are below...the slide show on the Home page is also a great place to get ideas.
Traditional peghead: +$100
Slotted peghead: +$200
Slotted 5th: +$100
Scoop plate w/stamped BUCKEYE: +$150
Skin head (goat): +$100
Extra veneers under all trim wood: +$100
Brass fretboard plate (for half-fretless): +$250
Raw Brass Hardware: -$100
Nickel Hardware: -$150
11" rim: no charge
Dobson heel: no charge
Figured maple: +$50
Cherry: no charge
Wood: no charge
Whyte Laydie: +$175
Inlay (cutting, filing, inlaying): $30/hr
Feel free to ask about other custom options not listed here.