Shackleton Bluegrass 'Standard' Banjo

Contact us for details about customization. 

Solid Maple  through-out (No veneers or 5 ply) with a killer Bluegrass tone. Upgrade to a Flathead tone ring for a brighter punchier sound. Superb quality and tone: handcrafted in England. Fully customizable design. Left hander at no extra charge.  Build time 6 to 8 weeks.

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(Chris Lord of The Vanguards plays a Shackleton Bluegrass with Rolled Brass Ring at Orwell Festival 2016)


  • Timbers, choice of: quarter-sawn Appalachian rock maple neck and pot or Sapele neck and pot (choose in drop down menu)
  • Handmade block construction pot
  • Rosewood fingerboard and heelcap
  • Twin adjustable truss rod
  • Choice of headstock and tuners: 'Old Time' solid headstock with Gotoh Japanese 4:1 planetary tuners or slotted headstock with Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 tuners (choose from drop down menu).
  • Two layer purfling to neck, binding to outer of pot
  • White pearl dot markers and hand cut pearl snowflake logo
  • Resonator: maple (or sapele) block build, x-braced book matched back, fully bound
  • Flange: UK-made laser cut, snowflake design, mirror-bright stainless steel
  • Stainless steel coordinator rod
  • Unbleached bone hand-cut top nut
  • 12 brackets, nickel plated
  • Hand made Snuffy Smith Bridge
  • Tone ring: choice of brass hoop (standard) or nickel plated flathead tone ring (additional £250), (choose in drop down menu)
  • D'Addario J61 strings
  • Gotoh Japanese 5th string tuner
  • Hand rubbed Osmo Hard Wax Oil finish
  • Choice of skin: Remo Renaissance or Remo Top Frosted
  • Tailpiece, Colby USA, polished aluminium or Kershner USA, nickel 
  • Sculpted armrest
  • Includes hard case
  • 6-year transferable return-to-base warranty
  • Signed ownership certificate


    • Scale length 660mm
    • Total length 940mm
    • Rim diameter 279mm (11")
    • Width of neck at nut 33mm
    • Width of neck at rim 49mm
    • Depth of neck at heel 66mm
    • Length of heel 66mm


    • Left handed version. Please enquire.
    • 19 fret four string tenor version. Please enquire.
    • Remo Frosted skin. Please enquire.


    Please note that as we are no longer able to ship Rosewood overseas, we are now providing a Ziricote option for international customers

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