Build Checklist

Here are the specifications we will need from you before we start building your banjo.
These need to be finalized only just before we start building; you can place an order without having final (or any!) specs.
Please get in touch if you have any questions - we're always glad to help you through the decision-making process.

Rim Size: 10, 11, 12 or 13"

Woods: Main wood, Trim wood
Most common main woods: Claro or Black Walnut, Mahogany, Cherry, Figured or Plain Maple
Most common trim woods: Ebony, Macassar Ebony, Chechen, Cocobolo, Black Walnut, etc.
Please contact us for other options & current market prices.

Tonering: Rosewood integral, Romero, Belle Rose, Whyte Ladie, Tubaphone, Flathead, etc. Tone ring details.

Scale Length: We generally determine the best scale length by the rim size, but if you have a specific scale length in mind let us know. Click here for more details on scale lengths.

Peghead ShapeClick here for options, including back peghead details.

Scoop: Optional. Click here for scoop examples.

Heel: Standard, Guitar or Dobson. Heel examples.

Hardware: L-shoes, tailpiece, hardware finishes, tuners. Click here for options.

Inlay & Onlay: Most designs on the site are available. Individual designs are welcome, whether you already have a specific image or just a concept. Inlay examples and onlay examples.

Head Type: Goatskin, Calfskin, Renaissance, Fyberskin, Frosted white. We usually stain both synthetic and natural skins to match the instrument wood, but unstained skins are also available.

Set-up: Your playing style, action preference, etc. will determine the ideal set-up for you. Here are some of the set-up details.

Finishes, Stains & Special Coatings: We have a variety of optional wood stain colours available for your custom build, as well as some special coating option. Three finish options are available for your banjo. Click here for more info on finishes, stains and special coatings.