The Shackleton Banjo

Want to find out more about the British-made Shackleton banjo? Take a look here for news, updates and the history of the project.

Interested in your own Shackleton banjo? Take a look at our website to find out more.

For those of you wondering what a Shackleton Banjo sounds like

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The Shackleton Banjo with scarlet leather strap and branded Remo skins – New images

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Final Shackleton headstock shaping complete: and an opportunity

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More About The Great British Banjo Company

We are a British company owned and run by a small team of family and friends, based in the fine city of Norwich in the beautiful county of Norfolk.

Our mission in life is very simple: to bring our great British-manufactured banjos to the world.

Our first instrument was the superb limited-edition Islander Ash Leaf openback, which received critical acclaim in the UK and USA from leading players.

Our second instrument is the highly affordable openback, The Shackleton, designed and made in Great Britain. The Shackleton Banjo is a superb, hand-built banjo which is delightful to play, sounds wonderful and is highly distinctive in design: a world away from the crowd of budget imported banjos. The specification of The Shackleton is much higher than its price tag would suggest. So it is not only the perfect beginner banjo and ideal for travel, for festivals and outdoor gatherings, but it is simply a terrific instrument by any definition.

We are proud to be the only company actually manufacturing banjos at production levels in Great Britain: leading the revival of a special industry.

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Recent Blog Posts

January 6, 2015 |

Shackleton clothing brand says “John Lewis’s Monty is a softy”

Shackleton clothing brand “reclaims penguins” from John Lewis “Monty is a softy,” taunts...

January 3, 2015 |

Kickstarter Shackleton clothing campaign: 27 days to raise £27,000!

Exactly 100 years since Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition was battling its way through the pack...

November 19, 2014 |

Banjos Direct is moving to The Great British Banjo Company

If you’re a regular visitor to Banjos Direct you’ll have noticed that we’ve been clearing the...

October 24, 2014 |

Britain’s only banjo factory increases its Shackleton range with five new models for 2015

The Great British Banjo Company has announced five new models for 2015, including a bluegrass model Shackleton and an electric banjo called the Shackleton Endurance.

September 4, 2014 |

Join us on the journey

Just under a year ago (mid October 2013), we successfully completed our Kickstarter campaign. The campaign raised...

June 17, 2014 |

Shackleton beers now in Jarrold’s store

Shackleton Hand-crafted Traditional Beer brand is a premium quality handmade beer range, brewed Norwich using traditional ingredients and techniques, and bottle-conditioned for a full flavour.

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