Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo’s Hidden History

By Kristina R Gaddy (Author), Rhiannon Giddens (Foreword by)   An illuminating history of the banjo, revealing its origins at the crossroads of slavery, religion, and music. In an extraordinary story unfolding across two hundred years, Kristina Gaddy uncovers the banjo’s key role in Black spirituality, ritual, and rebellion. Through meticulous research in diaries, letters, (read the rest…)

The Pisgah Eclipse Compensated Bridge

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!


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.

Banjo Roots & Branches

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.

Old-Time Superhero Stickers

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…)

Snark Super Tight Banjo Tuner

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!

Pisgah “Pete Seeger Style” Banjo Bridge

Made in the USA by Pisgah Banjos Company, this iconic bridge is modeled after Pete Seeger’s uniquely styled banjo bridge. It is designed to create more volume and “plunk”  without increasing sustain or overtones. It will also never tip over!  Choose from 5/8″, 11/16″ and 3/4″ height, all with standard 1-11/16″ string spacing. This Bridge is designed to evenly distributed  string pressure to all 4 feet. Bridge is 3D printed from Polylactic Acid (PLA), a biodegradable polymer derived from sugar cane and will eventually biodegrade in 200-300 years. Original bridges were made out of plastic circuit board material! Add some style, tone and options to your banjo arsenal!  Sound clip is of a banjo with a wooden tone ring, skin head, 12″ rim and medium gauge strings. 3D Design credited to Kyle VanMeter and Steven Arms. Overall original concept design credited to Stew Jamison.

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PBCO Walnut String Swing

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!

Dimensions: 6″ x 8″ x 2″

Armadillo Armrest

The Armadillo Armrest is Pisgah Banjo’s feature wooden armrest! Ergonomically designed to improve playing and to have the most comfortable playing experience. This handcrafted armrest is 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. It is 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.

No left handed version available.