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Shackleton Old-Time "Blonde" Banjo

Regular price $1,999

The great Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton described his ship's banjo as "vital mental medicine" and insisted on rescuing the instrument when his ship Endurance was crushed and sunk by Antarctic pack ice in 1915. Two years later, after an epic adventure of extraordinary courage and fortitude, Shackleton brought all his men home alive. The original banjo (autographed by Shackleton and his men) now resides in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

A century on from that great expedition and inspired by the morale-boosting role of the legendary banjo from Endurance, we create the finest quality hand-made British instruments, in our own factory in Norwich, Norfolk: the first banjo factory to be launched in Britain for more than 60 years. 

Stunning blonde maple in an old-time style, with a warm rich traditional sound. Very strong in the midrange this banjo has a very full sound, with lots of volume.



  • Neck: flamed maple, with twin adjustable truss rod
  • S-shaped frailing scoop as standard
  • Flamed maple heel cap
  • Abalone snowflake headstock inlay
  • Flamed maple fretboard, flamed maple binding
  • Twin abalone fret dots at 12th fret
  • Pot: maple block build
  • Solid maple dowel stick coordinator
  • Unbleached bone hand-cut top nut
  • 16 brackets, nickel plated
  • Snuffy Smith handmade bridge
  • White Ladye tone ring
  • D'Addario J61 strings
  • Gotoh Japanese 4:1 planetary tuners with ebony buttons
  • Gotoh Japanese 5th string tuner with ebony button
  • OSMO Hard Wax Oil Finish
  • Choice of skin: Remo Fiberskyn or Remo Renaissance
  • USA Colby polished aluminium tailpiece
  • Hard case
  • 6-year transferable return-to-base warranty
  • Signed ownership certificate
  • SPO = Special Order 8-10 Weeks Delivery/Payment At Time Of Order