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I have bought several other cycling bags and nothing has compared to the banjo! It is so perfect for my slim 5'5 frame. It has plenty of functionality and I find it to be comfortable even when stuffed to the brim.


Innovative banjos made by Tom Nechville. Tom is a trend setter in the banjo world who holds several patents and is known for pushing banjo design forward. View all Nechville banjos here. Finance. a Nechville banjo through Affirm and get low monthly payments.

Professional players and collectors will appreciate our availability of in-stock, high end banjos. We also welcome you to come to Wedowee, Alabama to our show room where you can choose from a huge selection of banjos to try out. Jam with owner and lifelong musician, Barry Waldrep. Please make an appointment if you need to meet with Barry, his schedule gets hectic.

Another maker you that we are proud to partner with is Tom Nechville of Nechville Banjos. He brings American Ingenuity to the art of building banjos and produces some of the most cutting-edge designs. He owns several patents and has even inspired new trends in the industry.

We go above and beyond to make sure our customers are getting the best deals on new banjos. Our banjos are priced at the minimum advertised price or MAP. This is the lowest that we are allowed to price them at. All banjos include free shipping to the Continental U.S. with competitive rates offered Worldwide and to Alaska and Hawaii.

Finance your banjo through Affirm and get low monthly payments. On each banjo model page, you can prequalify to your payment terms including interest rate without harming your credit score. Credit availability is subject to third-party credit check that we are not involved with. We do not save your personal financial information.

In addition to the lowest prices and free shipping, we offer free spiking. Every banjo we sell is professionally setup, tuned, and carefully inspected prior to shipping. When your banjo arrives, it is ready to play. The bridge is in the correct position, the head is at the proper tension, and the banjo should be in tune or very close. Not many shops have a lifelong banjo player available to play each banjo and listen for tone.

If you have any questions or there are any issues with your banjo, you can pick up the phone and talk to a real person. Excellent customer service is important to us and it is the reason we are still around after almost 20 years. We are a small family shop passionate about what we do. The positive comments and reviews we receive regularly put a big smile on our faces.

Fantastic banjos sold by fantastic people. I have bought two banjos from and about to buy my third from them. These guys are just great people to go business with; knowledge, banjo players themselves, and just super nice. I do business with them because they are not just looking to sell my any banjo. They provide great input based upon what I want and need; not just what cost the most. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone interested in getting a banjo.

Barry at helped me make a great choice on purchasing a new banjo. He answered my emails and phone calls promptly. After a few conversations I went with his newly designed Bish Line Coal Dust. I ordered it and he kept me updated on its progress. It arrived in perfect condition and it's even nicer than he described. I will keep at the top of my list for any future purchases and would highly recommend them to others. Thank you again to Barry and his staff.

I recently purchased a Deering Sierra mahogany open back banjo from Since I live in north Georgia, only two and one-half hours from the home of, I was able to visit the Banjo Barn where Barry give me the opportunity to "test drive" several banjos and he assisted me in narrowing down to my final choice. I must say, I couldn't be more pleased with this lovely instrument and the customer service I received from Barry and Thank you!

The banjo is a stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity to form a resonator. The membrane is typically circular, and usually made of plastic, or occasionally animal skin. Early forms of the instrument were fashioned by African Americans in the United States.[1][2] The banjo is frequently associated with folk, bluegrass and country music, and has also been used in some rock, pop and hip-hop.[citation needed] Several rock bands, such as the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and the Grateful Dead, have used the five-string banjo in some of their songs. Historically, the banjo occupied a central place in Black American traditional music and the folk culture of rural whites before entering the mainstream via the minstrel shows of the 19th century.[3][4][5][6] Along with the fiddle, the banjo is a mainstay of American styles of music, such as bluegrass and old-time music. It is also very frequently used in Dixieland jazz, as well as in Caribbean genres like biguine, calypso and mento.

The modern banjo derives from instruments that have been recorded to be in use in North America and the Caribbean since the 17th century by enslaved people taken from West and Central Africa. Their African-style instruments were crafted from split gourds with animal skins stretched across them. Strings, from gut or vegetable fibers, were attached to a wooden neck.[7] Written references to the banjo in North America and the Caribbean appear in the 17th and 18th centuries.[7]

The earliest written indication of an instrument akin to the banjo is in the 17th century: Richard Jobson (1621) in describing The Gambia, wrote about an instrument like the banjo, which he called a bandore.[7]

The term banjo has several etymological claims, one being from the Mandinka language which gives the name of Banjul, capital of The Gambia. Another claim is a connection to the West African Akonting: The akonting is made with a long bamboo neck called a bangoe. The material for the neck, called ban julo in the Mandinka language, again gives Banjul. In this interpretation, Banjul became a sort of eponym for the Akonting as it crossed the Atlantic. The instrument's name might also derive from the Kimbundu word mbanza,[8] which is a loan word to the Portuguese language resulting in the term banza. Its earliest recorded use was in 1678 in the Caribbean (Martinique) by enslaved Africans.[7]

The OED claims that the term banjo comes from a dialectal pronunciation of Portuguese bandore or from an early anglicisation of Spanish bandurria.[9] However, contrary evidence definitively supports that the terms bandore and bandurria were terms used when Europeans encountered the banjo or its kin varieties in use by people of African descent, who used different terms for the instrument like banza.[7]

Various instruments in Africa, chief among them the kora, feature a skin head and gourd (or similar shell) body.[10] Those African instruments differ from early African American banjos in that the necks do not possess a Western-style fingerboard and tuning pegs; instead they have stick necks, with strings attached to the neck with loops for tuning.[10]

Another likely relative of the banjo is the akonting, a spike folk lute played by the Jola tribe of Senegambia, and the ubaw-akwala of the Igbo.[11] Similar instruments include the xalam of Senegal[12] and the ngoni of the Wassoulou region including parts of Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, as well as a larger variation of the ngoni known as the gimbri developed in Morocco by Black Sub-Saharan Africans (Gnawa or Haratin).

Banjo-like instruments seem to have been independently invented in several different places, since instruments similar to the banjo are known from a diverse array of distant countries. For example, the Chinese sanxian, the Japanese shamisen, Persian tar, and the Moroccan sintir, in addition to the many African instruments mentioned above.[11]

In the antebellum South, many enslaved Africans played the banjo, spreading it to the rest of the population.[7] In his memoir With Sabre and Scalpel: The Autobiography of a Soldier and Surgeon, the Confederate veteran and surgeon John Allan Wyeth recalls learning to play the banjo as a child from an enslaved person on his family plantation.[7] Another man who learned to play from African-Americans, probably in the 1820s, was Joel Walker Sweeney, a minstrel performer from Appomattox Court House, Virginia.[15][16] Sweeney has been credited with adding a string to the four-string African-American banjo, and popularizing the five-string banjo.[15][16] Although Robert McAlpin Williamson is the first documented white banjoist,[17] in the 1830s Sweeney became the first white performer to play the banjo on stage.[15] Sweeney's musical performances occurred at the beginning of the minstrel era, as banjos shifted away from being exclusively homemade folk instruments to instruments of a more modern style.[18] Sweeney participated in this transition by encouraging drum maker William Boucher of Baltimore to make banjos commercially for him to sell.[16]

The instrument grew in popularity during the 1840s after Sweeney began his traveling minstrel show.[21] By the end of the 1840s the instrument had expanded from Caribbean possession to take root in places across America and across the Atlantic in England.[22][23] It was estimated in 1866 that there were probably 10,000 banjos in New York City, up from only a handful in 1844. People were exposed to banjos not only at minstrel shows, but also medicine shows, Wild-West shows, variety shows, and traveling vaudeville shows.[24] The banjo's popularity also was given a boost by the Civil War, as servicemen on both sides in the Army or Navy were exposed to the banjo played in minstrel shows and by other servicemen.[25] A popular movement of aspiring banjoists began as early as 1861.[26] The enthusiasm for the instrument was labeled a "banjo craze" or "banjo mania."[26] 041b061a72


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