Oak Rim Shackleton – first pictures

Oak Rim Shackleton – first pictures

After all the struggles, all the delays, and all the promises, we have finally started to send Shackleton banjos out of the door to wing their way to their new loving homes! In fact we have now shipped out 25 banjos and more leave every single day. And now we have built the first of the oak rim Shackleton banjos too. Today we sent out the first oak and birch models with Burr Oak rims and Schertler tuners. The oak rim Shackleton model is a...

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The Shackleton, now from just £395, with options to suit your taste

The Shackleton, now from just £395, with options to suit your taste

We have simplified the pricing structure for The Shackleton banjo, to give all customers a lower entry point to this superb instrument combined with simple, clear, upgrade options. Previously we had offered a standard maple model with Grover tuners and an an ‘oak special’ model with burr oak rim and Schertler Swiss engineered tuners. In recent weeks the standard model was £495 and the oak special £595. But with the new structure our...

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First review says Shackleton trumps banjos three times its price!

First review says Shackleton trumps banjos three times its price!

We are thrilled and delighted that the first blogger review of The Shackleton says we’ve made something pretty special. Author and banjoist John Dow has fallen in love with The Shackleton banjo and in an extensive review on his blog he says: “Every aspect of the instrument reeks of quality and precision.” He adds conclusively: “It’s customary, at this point, for me to find a negative to balance my glowing review. Sorry...

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The best affordable openback banjo in the world

The best affordable openback banjo in the world

In March 2013, whilst wandering around MusikMesse, the giant music trade show in Frankfurt, I made a life-changing decision: to create a new, high quality, affordable, banjo: and to make it in Britain. There have been banjos made in Britain for nearly two centuries, but since the World War 2 the industry has been pretty much dead. There remain a handful of craft builders, each producing half a dozen or a dozen instruments per year. And very...

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Proud to be made in Britain

Proud to be made in Britain

We are just a couple of weeks from the first British production banjo in more than 60 years! Isn’t that exciting? We’re working hard building banjos and making sure they can be shipped to you as soon as possible. You can still pre-order your Shackleton Banjo here. For those of you who have already bought a Shackleton Banjo, you’ll know that the majority of it is made in Britain. The rims come from Manchester, the first batch...

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Where are banjos made?

Where are banjos made?

If you’ve ever asked the question ‘where are banjos made?’ here is you answer. As a banjo manufacturer and retailer I get asked on a daily basis about the manufacturing origins of different makes (brands) of banjos. Here’s a simple, no-frills guide to the best known brands in the UK and their origins, we hope it’s helpful. The Shackleton Banjo (from The Great British Banjo Company): Made in Great Britain. Deering...

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