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
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.