Custom 'Salty Dog' Islander

This was a custom instrument built to an Islander spec for Lee Collinson from The Salts.

Lee loved the sound of our Islander banjo but needed a slightly longer frailing scoop for his playing style. He also wanted a reference to the band on the instrument so we made a custom brass frailing plate. As a proper gigging instrument the banjo had to have a reliable pickup. We customised an EMG ACB wiring harness and mounted the whole pickup assembly in the pot.

(Lee playing his custom 'Salty Dog' Islander)


  • Neck: flamed maple, with twin adjustable truss rod
  • Binding: ebony, triple purling inside, double purling on edge
  • Custom elongated S-shaped frailing scoop
  • Hand Pierced Brass frailing plate
  • Ebony heel cap
  • Ebony headstock veneer with white mother of pearl snowflake inlay
  • 'Expeditionary' solid headstock
  • Ebony fretboard, Ebony binding
  • Abalone fret dots
  • Pot: ash block build, ebony bound inside and out
  • Solid flamed maple dowel stick coordinator
  • Unbleached bone hand-cut top nut
  • 24 brackets, nickel plated, on nickel tension hoop
  • Snuffy Smith handmade bridge
  • Tubaphone tone ring
  • Custom fitted EMG ACB pickup
  • D'Addario J61 strings
  • Waverley 4:1 planetary tuners with Ebony buttons
  • Gotoh Japanese 5th string tuner with Ebony button
  • Finish: hand finished Osmo Hard Wax Oil
  • USA Remo Renaissance skin
  • USA No-Knot brand tailpiece
  • Includes hard case

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