Doug UNGER, who has been the teacher of
some of the best banjo makers in USA, is also a
master luthier but unfortunately I don't know of a site on him
except what you can find on the
site of Hank Schwartz. Many of his intruments can be seen here and there
on various sites.
One of the very best Banjo makers in USA who do a marvelous inlay job
and engravings, you certainly already know him !
: a good friend known as a master luthier
who can repare almost any banjo (guitars too). Sells banjos and spare
parts. He also has a good knowlelge of everything related to banjos, and
Makes beautiful classical banjos and gourd banjos. Must see !!
An American Gourd Banjo maker who has done a beautiful site on Gourd
Banjos full of informations on technique, other makers, and sound
clips! Must see !!
From Denmark. Makes plain and
very nice sounding banjos on the
H.C. Dobson model. His clawhammer playing is also very
interesting, very swinging,
jazzy and driving...
One of the best inlay artist in the world, very inventive and
technically perfect! He is not working on banjos but certainly could...
A friend who makes very nice
sounding mandolines in his home,
here in France.
A friend American Banjo collector specialized in early Fairbanks. Also a
very good musician and a wonderful person who has always been very kind
with me and my questions ! You should not forget about 2 other main Banjo
collectors : Jim BOLLMAN and Pete SZEGO who also have been very helpful
with me, to my knowledge unfortunately they don't have a site that would
show their uge collection. These 3 people organize the
Banjo Gathering every year.
Another American banjo collector whose
site is full of informations and
images on high quality banjos
made between 1875 and 1915,
mostly in Boston. Very detailed
photos of beautiful
Fairbanks banjos, among others. Unfortunately he died some time
I don't know this guy but very interesting site, full of
pictures of beautiful banjos.
Polo et Nadine BURGUIERE
They live the Old Time way in a
wonderful isolated house in
Ardèche/France and play fiddle, guitar and banjo in their
group Ida Red. You may have met them on one of the
American festivals, playing with John Herrmann
or/and Meredith McIntosh, their
long time friends... Polo also makes some
good and simple banjo necks on request. (he made one for Frank
( La Monde, 07570 DESAIGNES / FRANCE tel:04
75 06 72 51)
Another banjo luthier (and more)
in the area of Poitiers -
Limoges - Angoulème in France... He makes all sort of banjos, 4
or five strings, and Bouzoukis
Nothing to do with banjos on this
site. This is my other site where you can see the Mosaïcs I make when I
am not making banjos. Too much to do and too little time!...
THE best audio source for Old Time tunes !!!! A uge reference !!!
Introduction to Early Banjo History : 1620 - 1870
a very interesting documentary on the History of the banjo that many Banjo
players should know, in my opinion...