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 approach. The 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
Remo Renaissance Head
Arched Frailing Scoop
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.
Banjo repair or setup? Email me to set up an appointment. Operating on a case by case basis.