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Feb 9, 2020 - 5:30:36 AM
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Stone Banjo here!
Been busy in the shop, just uploaded three new banjos to Banjo Hangout and my website at  New banjos include #20001, #20002, #20003 (click on link), all one-of-a-kind openback banjos.   Great tone and sustain..   Audio files included with the ads.   Take a look.   Also, happy to do custom work as presented on the website.   Working on a batch of late 1800's tribute banjos with mahogany neck, 11 or 12 inch maple rim, fretless, skin head, nygut strings.   The wood selected looks really great, will be beautiful, plunky banjos...

Thanks and have a good day....

Feb 9, 2020 - 10:49:24 AM

233 posts since 12/27/2008

Those look like a lot of banjo for the price point! Excellent work! Brian M

Feb 9, 2020 - 11:15:01 AM

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23196 posts since 6/25/2005

I bought #19002 last month. Nice banjo; remarkable sound from the all-wood pot. Gifted to my niece, who’s starting from scratch. She thinks its a cool look. Now if I can get her to practice every day... I think Steve’s instruments are perhaps the best value among new banjos today. Though priced like a starter banjo, they are way beyond that.  Should mention too that they won’t weigh you down. Noticeably light.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 02/09/2020 11:17:39

Feb 9, 2020 - 12:35:42 PM
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3746 posts since 3/11/2004

That's a very helpful endorsement, Bill. I will remember that when my students ask for advice on a banjo purchase.


Feb 10, 2020 - 9:37:20 PM

665 posts since 12/26/2004

Hi Steve, they certainly look and sound great, and at a price that can’t be beat. I do have a couple of questions... I see that all the ones listed have a scale of 26 3/16”. Are you willing to make one with a scale around 25.5”? Also, is a 12” rim an option, or is that only for the 1800’s tribute line you’re doing?
If you had a banjo posted that’s aesthetically like #20003 but with a 12” rim, a slightly shorter scale, and the spalted maple fretboard of #20001 you’d 100% have a customer in me. (Off topic, but one of my best friends is a guitar and uke luthier. I have a spalted mango tenor uke made by him, and have been in love with spalted woods ever since!)

Edited by - Tom Banjo on 02/10/2020 21:38:48

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:36:07 AM

7 posts since 12/14/2017


I can do that . We can discuss details but I have some stock spalted maple plus a source with a barn full of cut wood - my secret stash......
Also, I am set up for 12 inch rims for any banjo....
Whatever attributes you wish, I believe we can design and incorporate into a killer banjo...

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:35:27 AM

1 posts since 4/9/2019

I agree that his banjo's look great. I can also attest to the fact that he is easy to deal with, willing to customize and is proud of his work. I own several name brand banjos (Deering, Gibson, etc.) as well as "small shop" (Bart Reiter, Rickard, etc.) and have ordered a custom build from Steve for an A-Scale, 11" instrument (bad shoulder combined with often playing in A with fiddlers made it an easy decision for the A-scale) To say that I am excited is an understatement! I'll let everyone know how it turns out...

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:28:30 AM

233 posts since 12/27/2008

bartsavino, Do let us know how that banjo turns out! A-scales are a nice sized banjo. I usually capo up 2 frets to A anyway so an A scale works well for me. My A-scale sounds great in standard G tuning as well. Looking forward to your thoughts on your new banjo! Cheers, Brian M

Mar 4, 2020 - 5:09:39 PM
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7 posts since 12/14/2017

Banjo Brendan just purchased #20002.
Check out his recent post at Banjo Brendan - Magpie.   Great play....  

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