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Joel Walker Sweeney Banjo c.1845
 



27" scale length
Maple neck
12" Boucher style scalloped rim.
Brass hardware
Rosewood tuning pegs & tailpiece
Natural skin head.


Price: $2100

"Peghed" geared tuners....................add $150
Fitted hard-shell case.......................add $100
synthetic head "renaissance head" ..no charge


Joel W. Sweeney helped popularize the banjo throughout America and Europe. He is occasionally  mistaken to be a member of the "Virgina Minstrels," although he sometimes performed with one or two of them.

This banjo was made by Sweeney for his niece, who was left-handed. Dimensions and rubbings came from the original Sweeney banjo currently housed in the Los Angeles County Museum. 


from Pete Seeger's "How to Play the 5 String Banjo"

The neck is arched beginning from about the octave position to meet the rim below the tension ring.