Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

Banjo Lovers Online

For Sale: Leonard Glenn Banjo 1983

Sugar Grove, NC. 1983

Posted By: jenkman | Rate Member
 Verified Seller  New Member

$0 USD

Sign in to email seller

Hand written inscription on tag inside :
"Leonard Glenn Rt. 1 Sugar Grove, NC. June 23, 1983"
Excellent Condition. I'm accepting offers.
Can be seen in Greensboro, NC.
The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina have nurtured many great folk musicians over the years. Less well known are the folk craftsmen, who built the instruments used by many of the fine singers and players since the area was first settled. One of the region’s most respected instrument makers was Leonard Lucky Glenn, a resident of Watauga County’s Laurel Creek community, near Beech Mountain.

Glenn began building traditional mountain banjos as a young man. He made them almost entirely of wood—maple, walnut, and cherry mainly—and covered the heads with small animal hides. He did not attach frets to the instruments’ necks. This style of banjo bears kinship to its closest antecedent, an African instrument carried to America by slaves.

Glenn’s father made banjos and undoubtedly influenced his son in this direction. However, Leonard Glenn’s instrument-making skills were largely self-taught. He began building dulcimers in the 1950s, when the instrument’s popularity was boosted by post-war folk music and craft revivals. “I just decided,” he said, “to get me some wood and go in on the dulcimer business, and the first dulcimer I ever made I just studied it out for myself and made it.” As noted by his son Clifford Glenn, who also took up the instrument-making craft with great success, “I think we were sort of pioneers. There weren’t many making the dulcimer back then.”

Glenn was an expert player of the instruments he made. For years he and his family taught and entertained a steady stream of musicians and school children who came looking for a taste of the old-time mountain culture. While crafting instruments that are prized for their SUPERIOR sound, they can be credited with preserving some old and wonderful Appalachian folk arts.


United States, Greensboro, NC, 27235

Payment Methods:

Cash (in person)

Payment Option Notes:

I am accepting offers.

Return Policy:

Returns not accepted.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Excellent Condition



Leonard Glenn

Ad Status:


Listing No:


Contact Info:


Page Views:


This ad will automatically expire 5/19/2019 3:15:51 PM unless updated before that date. To keep the system current, ads expire if not updated for more than 60 days.

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories