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The Booker banjo is the distillation of nine years of a 'one-of-kind' conquest. 

The Booker banjo is optimized around the distinct tonal spectrum of the Whyte Laydie Brass Tone ring~ offering the clearest electric-like acoustic amplification of the banjo sonic range. I prefer the W.L. for it’s mid-range tone; not too bassy and not too twangy, right in the middle. It cuts the silence performed solo and calls attention within the band. Just the right amount of boom & haunting sustain. 

Each Renan Banjo is made to order and each is built utilizing the finest hardware, select hardwoods and passion for excellence in handcraft. 

Renan Ethos has always been about exacting supreme tone, exacting expertise in woodcraft & exacting lasting beauty.

I've picked the best hits from countless hours of research & development, from trial & error and a try-anything approachThe details add up. 

 the ultimate workhorse 

the Booker Banjo: 

Paddle OR Wyatt Wedge Peghead shape

Gotoh Planetary Tuners

Maple Neck & Dowel stick
w/ Black Richlite Fingerboard & Overlay

25.5" Scale length 

Adjustable Truss Rod 

TUSQ Nut & 5th Pip

Carved Boat Heel 

11" Diameter Maple Rim 

18 Hooks & Notched Tension Hoop 

Rickard Brass Hardware

Whyte Laydie Tone Ring 

Steel strings

Remo Renaissance Head 

Arched Frailing Scoop

Side Dots 

Cast Tailpiece

Deep Brown OR Contemporary Cherry stain

Tru Oil Satin Finish 


Dobson Tonering + $0

12" Diameter Rim + $150

24 Hooks + $100 

Aged Brass + $75

Arm Rest + $70

Balch Goatskin Head + $85

Richlite 1-pc Rim Cap + $100

Rickard 10:1 Tuners + $235

Custom Inlay starts at + $500 (minimum)

Gig Bag: Boulder Alpine  + $75

Hardcase: Black Nylon Superior + $165 

Banjos only ship in a case. 


Renan Banjos start at $2600 for a 'Booker' series open-back banjo.

Total does not include Shipping & Handling, a Hardcase or VA Sales Tax which applies to VA residents.

5-string Fretted Steel String 

Order your Booker model today!

$500 non-refundable deposit secures your spot on the 2023-24 waitlist. 

Click here to make a deposit. 


Banjo repair or setup? Email me to set up an appointment. Operating on a case by case basis. 

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