James Ashborn was a pioneer of factory produced banjos in the late
1840's. His factory in Wolcottville, Connecticut produced both fine
banjos and guitars.
a respected banjo historian, calls the Ashborn banjo "the most sophisticated, modern,
and technically-advanced banjo of the early
James Ashborn was the first to patent a banjo part in America . This
wooden fine tuning peg was also used on his guitars of the period.