Double Drum Minstrel Banjo


I wanted to do something really special with this minstrel banjo. I had experimented with a drumhead on both sides of the rim before and it occurred to me that I might be able to coax out some different or new sounds if I used a dowel to span between both drumheads. This works in theory, similar to the sound-post inside of a violin. It seems this banjo is slightly louder and has more sustain than my other banjos that only have one drumhead. The sound difference is subtle, so you can be the judge.

I have developed my own special dye, derived from walnut pigment. The goat skin heads are stained with this dye to match the walnut wood’s colors perfectly. This stain is permanent and stable and will never rub off. The dye does not affect the sound characteristics or longevity of the skin in any way.

I selected a gorgeous piece of walnut with a focus on the highly figured, dark grain on the peghead and on the peghead scroll.

All of these components and materials come together to make a beautiful looking banjo that is a pleasure to play -make it yours today.

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  • 24.8″ scale length
  • 38″ total length
  • Figured American Black Walnut neck and dowel
  • 17 frets
  • Peghead scroll
  • Maple friction pegs
  • 12″ walnut rim, single ply
  • 2 Dark goat skin heads
  • Internal bridge (sound post), transferring vibration directly to both drumheads
  • Antiqued brass tacks
  • No-knot tailpiece
  • Strap buttons (strap not included)
  • Nylon strings
  • Frailing scoop
  • Hand sanded
  • Tru-oil finish
  • Ships in a sturdy wooden box (The “additional information” tab is used to calculate shipping costs based on the package dimensions- the actual banjo dimensions are listed above).

Additional information

Weight 12 lbs
Dimensions 38 × 14 × 6 in