Banjo No.5 : The Camberwell Fretless

This handmade banjo is named for the town in England to which it was shipped. It's a fretless affair, with clean lines and minimal ornamentation. The shape of the headstock follows the simple lines of old minstrel banjos from the 19th Century.

The body is American Black Walnut finished with a light application of tung oil – allowing the natural grain to show through. The all-brass hardware, minstrel-style bridge and mottled calfskin head add to the overall vintage appeal.


Three-ply walnut rim with maple core
Walnut neck
Fretless Ebony fingerboard and peghead veneer
Frailing scoop
All-natural tung oil finish
Raw brass hardware with light vintage finish
Old-style round bracket shoes
Gotoh planetary tuners
Two-way adjustable truss rod
Ebony tone ring
Ebony nut
Raw brass 5th string pip
No-knot tailpiece
Natural calfskin head
Aquila Nylgut strings
Handmade minstrel-style bridge
Bad River shop rag

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