James Ashborn was a pioneer of factory produced banjos in the late
1840's. His factory in Wolcottville, Connecticut produced both fine
banjos and guitars.
Ed Britt calls the Ashborn banjo "the most sophisticated, modern,
and technically-advanced banjo of the early
James Ashborn was the first to patent a banjo part in America . A
wooden fine tuning peg also used on his guitars of the period.