Simply the best affordable Open Back banjo gig bag on the market. Offering over an inch-thick core of our superior high-density, closed-cell HardCell™ foam, the Stage One Banjo case establishes our ‘Very Good’ baseline with a gig bag that is comparable to the ‘deluxe’ gig bags offered by other companies. Access focuses their design entirely on protection, eschewing investment in trendy finishes and more trivial amenities. With a rugged 600 denier nylon exterior, a zippered portfolio pouch, padded backpack straps and heavy duty handles and zippers, our Stage One Hard Bags deliver that perfect blend of lightweight utility and heavy-duty, professional-level protection at a price that every player can afford. Comes with a lifetime warranty through Access.
The Armadillo Armrest is Pisgah Banjo’s feature wooden armrest! Ergonomically designed to improve playing and to have the most comfortable playing experience. Made in the USA at the Pisgah Banjo Company workshop, using only native Appalachian Hardwoods. Mounting feet are hand-made from antiqued raw brass that allows for easy installation and adjustment with only a bracket wrench or The Banjo Tweaker required to install. L-feet attach to the banjo’s bracket shoes and hooks using the tension nuts and are compatible with all hook mounted heads, regardless of bracket spacing. Universally sized to fit any brand 11″ and 12″ open-back banjo by floating over the tension hoop and head while not interfering with your banjo’s tone. Select your choice of wood: walnut, persimmon or cherry.
This 6 n 1 tool is perfect for banjo pickers and builders. Made in the USA, the “Banjo Tweaker” includes a 5/16″ deep well socket, perfect for all Balsam nuts. Also includes 1/4″ deep well socket, large and small slot head screw drivers, and large and small Phillips head screw drivers. Use the flat head driver to remove dowel stick hardware for taking apart banjos. Branded with the PBCO logo.
Banjo Roots & Branches – Edited by Robert B. Winans tells the story of the banjo’s journey from Africa to the western hemisphere. Blending music, history, and a union of cultures, Winans presents cutting-edge scholarship that covers the instrument’s West African origins and its adaptations and circulation in the Caribbean and United States.
The contributors provide detailed ethnographic and technical research on gourd lutes and ekonting in Africa and the banza in Haiti while also investigating tuning practices and regional playing styles. Other essays place the instrument within the context of slavery, tell the stories of black banjoists, and shed light on the banjo’s introduction into the African- and Anglo-American folk milieus.
Wide-ranging and illustrated with twenty color images, Banjo Roots & Branches offers a wealth of new information to scholars of African American and folk musics as well as the worldwide community of banjo aficionados.
Wayne’s newest clawhammer book has something for everyone: beginners, intermediate and advanced players. Includes tabs and lyrics to 40 old-time banjo tunes, plus tips on learning tunes on the fly, how to jam, the art of faking it, and improvising.
The Ignoramus book is 40 years old! Originally written in 1973, this book has taught more people to play clawhammer banjo than any other book ever has! This brand new 40th Anniversary Edition is newly updated and improved, complete with spiral binding. It contains the same friendly, clear and simple instruction as the original book, and it will teach you to play 31 old-time classics from the ground up. It’s been said that “Wayne can even teach a frog to play! Give this fun book a try and you’ll see why Wayne personally GUARANTEES it will teach you to play! (How many books come with a personal guarantee by the author?) 64 pages, 9″ x 12″, includes instructional audio CD with 85 selections!
Made exclusively for us by KatEyz Capos, this handsome solid brass capo is designed specifically for clawhammer style banjos. Most banjo capos on the market today are designed for bluegrass banjos which have a much narrower width at the nut than open-back/clawhammer banjos. This one is 1 5/8″ wide on the inside and can capo all the way up to the fourth fret with no problem. The V shaped clamp with leather cushion will fit a variety of neck profiles and hold a stable position without moving around. Store this capo easily on your nut for easy accessibility when you need it quick. Made in the USA.
Made in the USA, the only reproduction cast “double pointed” bracket shoe available. This L style bracket shoe is considered to be the strongest bracket shoe style, allowing for great tension without any “lift” on the bottom of the shoe. With 12-24 threads, this shoe pairs great with any of our Rim hex bolts.
Banjo bridge innovation just raised the bar! These beautiful “Fiddle Banjo Bridges” from Seeders Instruments are handmade using quarter sawn Maple and Ebony. It takes influences from the traditional violin bridge and its unique sound and vibration transferring principles. Every bridge has hand carved details and a compensated center string for improved intonation. Add one to your banjo bridge collection. It’s a joy to play!
Made in the USA, Howard’s Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish & Conditioner is perfect for enhancing the natural beauty of your fingerboard! It penetrates deeply and provides added protection and shine to any fingerboard new or old.
Feed-N-Wax helps introduce conditioning oils that “feed” the wood while providing a protective coating of beeswax and carnauba wax. This unique blend of beeswax, carnauba wax, orange oil, and other beneficial ingredients help preserve and keep your fretboard from drying out, fading, or even cracking. Feed-N-Wax should be used on finished and unfinished woods whenever wood starts to look faded or dry. We recommend adding a thin coat to your fingerboard every 3-6 months depending on how much you play.
Solid brass, extra wide 3/4″ base, no “lifting”. The only wide base ball shoe on the market. Styled after original J.B Schall Shoes, this bracket shoe will give your banjo the 19th century look you were going for. Small base ball shoes tend to “lift” and dig into the rim of your banjo over time. These provide a stable base for your hook and nut and will never lift. Made in the USA.
John Balch and PBCO have partnered with Balsam to make these pre-mounted goat skin heads more available to pickers and builders. John hand selects each head for perfect tone and consistent thickness throughout. Easy to install, simply remove your old head and replace it just like you would any standard head. Add one of these heads to your banjo to give it a nice warm and plunky tone that can only come from real skin. The logo is printed on the inside of the head and is barely visible once installed.
The Mulheron “continuous leg” hand-made bridge creates a stable platform that in turn transfers the tone evenly and consistently throughout the entire banjo. The banjo becomes more responsive, creating clarity and providing a warm professional sound without harsh overtones. The use of a continuous leg also prevents the bridge from sagging over time. The “hole layout” design allows the sound to easily travel from the string to the head by removing excess material, making this bridge delicate in appearance, yet strong in tone and design. All bridges feature a walnut body with a persimmon tone cap and are finished using a non-toxic, food safe walnut oil. Mulheron bridges are made exclusively for Balsam Banjoworks by master bridge craftsman Lindsey Liden of Mulheron Craft.
Easy to install/remove, high quality, fully adjustable old-time banjo strap! No Tools Required! Finally a strap made for old-time players and old-time banjos. We understand the need to remove your banjo strap once in a while so we made it easy! Made from the highest quality bridle leather, this handsome strap is the last one you will ever need to buy. Simply slip the strap though 2 or 3 banjo hooks and fasten with the attached button studs. No tying, no removing of brackets, no fuss. Take on and off as much as you please…the more you use it, the easier it is. Handmade by local leather smith Danielle Wright in Black Mountain, NC.
Designed and created by the very talented artist and musician Gina Dilg, these beautifully vibrant and durable screen printed stickers pay homage to our folk superheroes that heavily influenced the genre today. Designs are inspired by 1950s Superhero comics are high quality, weather and UV resistant. Put them on your instrument case, laptop, water bottle, car, (read the rest…)
Made exclusively for Pisgah Banjo Company, these medium gauge Old Time banjostrings are perfect for any old-time banjo styles. Not too light, and not too heavy, these strings provide a broad range of tonal qualities well suited for most players and styles. The Phosphorus bronze wound 4th string provides a well rounded low end making for a clean deep tone.
Made in the USA, this custom String Swing banjo wall hanger is made exclusively for Pisgah Banjos! Crafted from beautiful black walnut and branded with a gold PBCO logo, this banjo wall hanger will beautifully display your Pisgah Banjo as a work of art on any wall in your home. It safely supports your banjo anywhere, encouraging you to play your banjo as much as possible! The wall hanger comes with two mounting screws and sturdy drywall anchors. Get one for every banjo in your home!
The Pisgah Hawk Tail is the perfect tailpiece upgrade for any banjo player looking for that classic old-time tone. Reminiscent of tailpieces designed around the turn of the century, this tailpiece increases downward pressure on the bridge, recreating the look and tone of banjos produced during this golden age of banjo building. The Hawk Tail brings to life the tone of any banjo, allowing responsiveness and playability while reducing overtones and preventing string buzz. The Pisgah Hawk Tail makes for a truly pleasurable playing experience for beginners and advanced players alike.
Pisgah Banjos has partnered with Aquila Strings to provide simply the best simulated gut strings on the market today for banjo! Formulated specifically for open-back clawhammer banjo, minstrel banjo, and other old-time styles, these strings will add mellowness and plunk to your tone, making your banjo sound like it’s from the turn of the 19th century. The nylgut strings are strong and resistant to changes in moisture and humidity. They will stand up to any playing conditions, perfect for festivals, jam settings, or playing at home on your porch. Truly a pleasure to play, these strings feel like butter as you plunk along to your favorite tune!
The Pocket-Dial is a simple, convenient and precise tool used to help measure and adjust the tension of your banjo head, – one of the most critical factors in helping your banjo sound its best. It is small, lightweight, fits easily in your banjo case, and specifically designed to work with both synthetic and natural skin banjo heads.
Pisgah Banjo Company’s tuner of choice for keeping your banjo in tune! SNARK’s Super Tight Tuners tune tight so you sound better. These all instrument tuners are super fast and super accurate.
The ST-8 Super Tight Clip-On All Instrument Tuner from Snark is a clip-on tuner with a high-sensitivity vibration sensor and easy to read, full-color high definition display with full 360° rotation. They feature a stay-put clip, a tap tempo metronome, and have pitch calibration from 415 – 466 Hz. The tuner features an extended frequency range and is compatible with all instruments. The best tuner you can buy!
Builder’s Choice Banjo #2065 is a beauty! This Custom Possum is made in cherry with a short scale and 12″ pot. It features our new slotted head stock design with Gotoh tuners, as well as a frailing s-scoop. The fingerboard on this banjo is made from some really nice persimmon with a natural, unique pattern. The built-in persimmon tone ring gives it a nice, warm sound. Equipped with a Remo Renaissance drum head and antiqued brass hardware from Balsam Banjoworks, this banjo is ready to go, complete with an upgraded Pisgah Hawk Tail tailpiece, and optional brass Kat Eyz Capo designed specifically to fit our neck profiles perfectly. Comes with Access Stage One Gig Bag with PBCO logo.
Spikes are available upon request for an additional $10 per spike.
The 8-26 thread is unique only to the banjo industry and pairs great with any of our reproduction tension nuts. With a 60 degree bend, this hook will fit both our grooved and notched tension hoops nicely. Made in the USA.
Designed in the Vega style, these reproduction ball end tension nuts will give your banjo that traditional openback look. Made in the USA, these ball end nuts are the most affordable ones available on the market today. With 8-26 thread, they pair nicely with our Round Tension Hooks. Use our “Banjo Tweaker” to make adjusting these nuts easy.
Designed by us and manufactured in the USA, these Bacon Style nuts offer a different and unique styling to your banjo. With open ends and 8-26 threads, they pair nicely with our Round Tension Hooks. Use our “Banjo Tweaker” to make adjusting these nuts easy.
Check out our new compensated bridge – the Pisgah Eclipse!
The Pisgah Eclipse is a precision manufactured compensated banjo bridge which combines proven design with modern technology to offer a truly first of its kind bridge for all styles of banjo playing. The Pisgah Eclipse improves intonation, enhances tone, and provides a proven solution for upgrading your banjo to its fullest potential. The Pisgah Eclipse is precision high quality 3-D printed from sustainable plant based bio-plastic featuring a continuous foot which will improve your banjo’s intonation for a lifetime. Designed by Patrick David Sawyer and Kyle VanMeter, the Eclipse uses a 4″ radius, 10 degree back draft, and 3 degree front draft and is hollow on the inside for a perfect weight. Try one out today! Return for a full refund if this doesn’t improve your banjo’s intonation!
Made in the USA, this reproduction five string tailpiece will make your banjo look like its from the turn of the century. Made from thick 16 gauge raw brass, this tailpiece can handle any banjo string tension. It also features a slotted hole for the tailpiece bolt to accommodate various end bolt designs. Includes a 5/16″ tailpiece bolt and reproduction nut with 8-26 thread.