Now Available for pre-order! A new sub - £1000 banjo handmade right here in Britain. Inspired by the great Fairbanks and Cole banjos from the turn of the last century.
A bright and warm sounding banjo with a woody tone, defining the 'British Banjo' sound.
The new Shackleton Aurora is the banjo we always wanted to make!
When we first launched the company, we had to deliver on our promise of a handmade affordable British banjo, and I think we did a pretty good job, However various compromises had to be made in order to deliver the instrument in a reasonable time frame. For example when we created our Kickstarter campaign we were still operating from a tiny office in the middle of Norwich. We had no manufacturing facilities at all!
We outsourced the manufacturing of all the components of the Shackleton Original to various companies around the UK, (mostly in Norfolk) such as Premier Drums, who hand laminated the pots for our banjos. We hand finished, built and set up the banjos from the components sent to us from a host of suppliers. The result was a super lightweight banjo that punched well above its weight!
Fast forward back to today, and we've gone back to our roots. Now that we can control all aspects of the build and component quality, we've decided to look again at producing the best British made, handmade banjo for an affordable budget.
We've taken our design cues from Cole and Fairbanks banjos from the turn of the last century. We've stripped away any unnecessary ornament, leaving the simple unadorned elegance of sculptural details. Solid Tonewoods throughout, from the Quarter-Sawn Appalachian Maple neck to the European Ash pot, the Shackleton Aurora has sturdy build quality.
The Aurora is fully customisable like the rest of our range however it does also come with some basic options as standard; a Brass Hoop Tone ring or Bearing Edge and a straight Frailing Scoop.
So if you're looking for that legendary Shackleton build quality and Tone, but you're on a budget, you really should consider an Aurora!
Available now online, or soon from Red Cow Music York.