Joel Walker Sweeney Banjo c.1845
27" scale length
12" Boucher style scalloped rim.
Rosewood tuning pegs & tailpiece
Natural skin head.
"Peghed" geared tuners....................add
Fitted hard-shell case.......................add $100
"renaissance head" ..no charge
W. Sweeney as leader of the famous "Virginia Minstrels" helped
popularize the banjo throughout America and Europe.
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.