Bell Banjos have that old time Minstrel Banjo sound, look and feel. Like the banjos from
Pre Civil War times, the goatskin head projects a loud and mellow sound.
These are truly handmade instruments. Even the brass and steel hardware is cut and formed here in our shop.
Old Time tunes spring to life on the "Nylgut" strings. Or order Gut strings for the real deal. These banjos make any folk song, dance tune, or
Minstrel melody really shine. We make replicas of the famous 1840's Bouchers and
Stichters, and at a good price! Often we're asked to make a custom banjo or
specific length neck - no problem. We also sell easy to assemble necks on Ebay
so you can try your hand at making a down home banjo. Bare rims are available too.
In the fall of 2011, we began offering Banjo Kits with pre fit skins so if you have even minimal woodworking
skills you can have a Minstrel Banjo and save a couple hundred bucks.
In the old days, Minstrel banjoists always had a tambourine player. We make big Minstrel Tambourines
with hand hammered brass jingles for the authentic look and sound. Look around our site
and look for us on Ebay and the Banjo Hangout. Small shop, fast shipping, great banjos. Don't miss
the 'Comments' page where you'll find a gallery of banjos and banjo players.
All these Banjos, Banjo Kits, and Tambourines
are available the way YOU want them. Give us your favorite measurements or we'll suggest some. PLUS, all items may be
purchased with half down, half later. We make great banjos and we want you to have one.
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Bell Banjos now reside in the Baltimore Civil War Museum
Bell Boucher Banjo at the Charlevoix Michigan Circle Of Arts
Boucher w/ brass
Boucher Minstrel Banjo
Bucket with fret marks
Tackhead and Sweeney
Boucher faux grain maple
Boucher red w/brass
Boucher burgundy w/brass
Stichter big 29" scale
Stichter 28" scale
Med. Brown brass Boucher
'Double Drone' replica
Classic 27" scale Boucher
Boucher faux grain Toffee
Sweeney, Oak & Cherry
Tackhead w/ brass star
Stichter 27.5" scale
Brown & Brass Boucher
Brown Curly Maple 27.5"
Black Rimmed 27" Boucher
Red Curly Maple 25.5"
Faux Grain, 'Vase' Tailpiece
Faux Grain, One Ogee
Natural Oil & Shellac
Stichter 28" scale
Classic Boucher Curly Maple
Bucket Banjo w/ brass star
OUR MOST POPULAR STYLES - CLOSE UP
BOUCHER MINSTREL BANJO (minstrel banjo with metal hardware)
BOUCHER MINSTREL BANJO (with faux grain finish)
Exactly like Boucher's original banjos, distressed to look like an antique.
STICHTER MINSTREL BANJO (minstrel banjo with metal hardware)
SWEENEY BANJO (minstrel banjo with metal hardware)
Joel Sweeney claimed to have invented the banjo. History says he added the 4th string. This banjo is simple and elegant and a joy to play.
BRAWLEY CIVIL WAR BANJO (minstrel banjo with metal hardware)
The Brawley Civil War Banjo is patterned after a banjo made by Frank Brawley, Co. G, 6th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in 1862. The 6th Minnesota fought in the Minnesota Sioux uprising, 1862-1864, and later saw duty along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans. Brawley's banjo is currently in the Minnesota Historical Society Museum in St. Paul.