Shackleton Centenary Zither Banjo

The Shackleton Zither Banjo was designed and built as a modern more playable version of a traditional zither banjo. It was modelled on, and inspired by, the Windsor Artiste rescued from the Endurance ship by Hussey and Shackleton when it was abandoned on 27th October 1915.  

This very Shackleton Centenary Zither Banjo has already been used by Winston Marshall (of Mumford and Sons), with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, for a very special centenary recording inspired by Shackleton's adventure which is available now.




  • Handmade solid maple block core, veneered inside and out with 2mm thick steam bent rosewood.
  • Book matched cross-braced solid rosewood back fully bound in flame maple.
  • Genuine antique solid brass and steel zither assembly with vellum head and traditional sculpted brass tail piece.
  • Hand cut Shackleton brass 'S' inlay.
  • Handmade two footed maple bridge with ebony top (also comes with Snuffy Smith traditional 5th String bridge).
  • Finished in hand rubbed hard wax oil.



  • Bolted on handmade solid walnut neck scarf joined headstock and laminated heel.
  • Ebony fingerboard bound in ebony.
  • Ebony headstock veneer and heelcap.
  • Two-way adjustable truss rod.
  • Tunneled 5th string.
  • Stewart MacDonald Golden Age Tuners.
  • Hand cut pearl snowflake headstock inlay.
  • Hand cut brass and sterling silver compass 12th fret inlay.
  • Pearl dot position markers.
  • Hand cut bone nut.
  • Finished in hand rubbed hard wax oil.


This instrument also includes:

  • Hard case
  • 6-year transferable return-to-base warranty
  • Signed ownership certificate


Please note that we are unable to ship this instrument overseas due to the change in CITES legislation relating to Rosewood