Menu

Banjo rims

Please scroll down the list below - and yes, we do know that some of these items aren't actually wooden but it seemed the logical place to list them!


Cast aluminium-alloy flat-top 11

Cast aluminium-alloy flat-top 11" banjo rim - 55.00

OK, this item isn't actually made of wood - but the vast majority of banjo rims are made from wood and it didn't seem to make sense to leave it out of this section of the website. This is a very handy banjo rim not to be confused with the cheap thin castings used on so many entry-level instruments. This is a solid casting with internal ribs and an integral tone chamber which derives directly from the cast alloy rims developed in the USA in the 1950's. This one works best as the basis for a 5-string banjo - it's strong & heavy and gives a surprisingly good tone. For open-back banjos, we generally fit a Fibreskyn head which gives a rich, mellow tone. For bluegrass banjos, we use a standard frosted top and get a very acceptable crisp, clear sound. Whilst we wouldn't claim any great degree of sophistication for this item, it can make a much better sound than many of the less elevated wooden rims. One surprising use is for mandolin banjos - we've used loads of them to make budget mandolin banjos with Fibreskyn heads - the sound really is a revelation; actually quite pleasant (those who know about mandolin banjo may find this hard to believe but it's true!) The ribs are spaced for a 24-bracket format but it's quite possible to do other arrangements if required. The price shown includes VAT and postage & packing


These are now classified as "Royal Mail - First Class Medium Parcels". The postage cost has doubled so we've had to increase the price to cover this.



To buy this product, click here


Cast aluminium-alloy arch-top 11

Cast aluminium-alloy arch-top 11" banjo rim - 55.00

OK, this item isn't actually made of wood - but the vast majority of banjo rims are made from wood and it didn't seem to make sense to leave it out of this section of the website. This is a very handy banjo rim not to be confused with the cheap thin castings used on so many entry-level instruments. This is a solid casting with an integral tone chamber which derives directly from the cast alloy rims developed in the USA in the 1950's. This one works best as the basis for 4-string banjos - it's strong & heavy and gives a surprisingly good tone. We generally fit a Fibreskyn head and a resonator which gives a rich tone with plenty of cut. It can be used for bluegrass banjos but the sound, whilst very crisp, does tend towards the "harsh" end of the spectrum. Quite good if you wanted a loud banjo for busking or other outdoor playing but probably not a "parlour" instrument. Whilst we wouldn't claim any great degree of sophistication for this item, it can make a much better sound than many of the less elevated wooden rims. The rim is intended for a 24-bracket format but it's quite possible to do other arrangements if required. The price shown includes VAT and postage & packing


Sorry, these are now classified as "Royal Mail - First Class Medium Parcels". The postage cost has doubled so we've had to increase the price to cover this.

To buy this product, click here


Maple 11

Maple 11" nominal banjo rim blank - 75.00

A very simple item - 3 layers of ¼" approx maple rolled into a circle and glued together. The blank is just over 11" outside diameter and just over 9" inside diameter. This is an unfinished timber product. You need to turn it on a lathe to whatever size & depth you require. Typically, these are used to make 11" OD, 9 ½" ID rims about 2 ¾" deep - but there isn;t any rule that says you have to do that. Many makers of old-time banjos are now reverting to the sorts of rim thicknesses used in the early days of banjo making - these blanks can be turned down to ½" fairly easily and a bit thinner than that with care. We would always recommend that the finished article should be stained prior to lacquering/polishing as the natural colour of the wood is variable. The price shown includes VAT and postage & packing


Sorry, these are now classified as "Royal Mail - First Class Medium Parcels". The postage cost has doubled so we've had to increase the price to cover this.

To buy this product, click here


The above listing is not necessarily exhaustive.  Whilst every effort is made to ensure that all the listed items are in stock, availability is subject to prior sale.
You can phone to check this - and also to see what else I have in stock today.

Click here for news, information & special offers from andybanjo

Click here to return to home page

At the present time, we only ship to addresses in the UK and the Republic of Ireland
If you have any queries or questions about particular instruments in this catalogue, please feel free to contact us.

UK Web hosting and maintenance by bf internet