Mountain Banjo

The Mountain Banjo, or “Frank Proffitt Style” Banjo is a Fretless no-frills instrument. This type of banjo was originally built and played by folks in the hills of North Carolina. My basic design is inspired by plans from the Foxfire books. Recently, I have been exploring more possibilities with this Appalachian style banjo by incorporating things like geared tuners, slight neck angle for more comfortable action over the frailing area, half fretted fingerboards, and other “modern” features. 

Please see photos below.

The Basic Mountain Banjo Price starts at $700

Basic Specs
  • Fretless
  • Cherry Neck
  • Cherry “Pot”
  • Cherry Middle Disc
  • 6 Inch drum with Goatskin Head
  • Ebony Fiddle Pegs
  • Nylgut Strings
  • Square Peghead
  • Perpendicular Fifth Peg
  • Walnut rectangle Tailpiece
  • Cherry Bridge
  • Ebony Nut
  • 1.25” Nut Width
  • 25” Scale Length
  • 3.5” Sound Hole
Options
  • Gotoh Geared Tuners
    $100
  • Fret Position Notches
    $20
  • Walnut Neck (2 tone banjo)
    $50
  • Upgrade to "Modern Version" (photos below)
    $150
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Examples & Builds

You can also check my Instagram account to see more of my recent builds and shop photos.