History of the Shackleton banjo

History of the Shackleton banjo

Sir Ernest Shackleton called the banjo ‘Vital mental medicine’, and we couldn’t agree more.

That’s why we are making the first affordable banjo to be manufactured in Britain for many decades: a banjo for the people, with a superb specification and a truly attainable price tag.

The necks and rims of The Shackleton are being manufactured in Britain by highly skilled and experienced instrument makers, using a combination of traditional craft skills and advanced techniques. The fettling, finishing, fretting and final build of each instrument takes place in Norwich, Norfolk, UK.

We’ve already developed the Shackleton through a series of prototypes and the picture below shows what the fourth prototype looks like: this one being the optional Oak Rim Special, with a maple and birch rim and burr oak outer. Gorgeous or what?

For more information on how the Shackleton came about, take a look at our hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. Thank you to everyone who pledged, we are so grateful for your support so far.