Joel Walker Sweeney Banjo c.1845

27" scale length
Maple neck
12" Boucher style scalloped rim.
Brass hardware
Rosewood tuning pegs & tailpiece
Natural skin head.

Price: $1800
Peghed geared tuners...add $150
synthetic head "renaissance head" ..no charge
Fitted hard-shell case....add $100

Joel W. Sweeney as leader of the famous "Virginia Minstrels" helped popularize the banjo throughout America and Europe. 

This banjo was made by Sweeney for his niece, who was left-handed. Dimensions and rubbings came from the original Sweeney banjo currently housed in the Los Angeles County Museum. 

The neck is arched beginning from about the octave position to meet the rim below the tension ring.