For Sale

find the next available banjos at Clifftop '22

Custom orders are closed for 2022

I am no longer taking custom orders at this time. 

Due to unforeseen delays in shipping, Covid-related demand and significant material shortages, all builds have extended completion dates.

Prices and shipping costs have increased due to rising material costs in the

2022 Calendar year. 


Be good and kind friends, 



From the Builder: 

I build 5-7 banjos a year.

3-4 of those banjos will be Booker models

Booker banjos take about 1.5 months to build, from nothing to finish to strings & setup. 

I also will feature Artisan 'completely custom' builds, built to spec. 

All builds will be for sale.


Check out 'The Latest' page to see what I'm working on or follow along on 

Instagram @renanbanjos 

Renan Banjos start at $1850 for a 'Booker' series open-back banjo.

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

The Booker Banjo:

5-string Fretted or Fretless

Skinny Paddle Peghead 

Gotoh Planetary Tuners

Cherry or Maple Neck & Dowel
w/ Black Richlite Fingerboard & Overlay

25.5" Scale length 

Adjustable Truss Rod 

TUSQ Nut & 5th Pip

12" Diameter Cherry or Maple Pot, Aged Finish

26 Hooks

Double Footed Shoes & Notched Tension Hoop

Integral Hardwood Tone Ring

Raw Brass or Nickel Hardware

Steel or Nylon strung 

Remo Renaissance Head or Fiberskyn

Arch Scoop at 17th fret

Mini Pearl Fret Dots, Plastic side dots 

Railroad spike 7th fret

Cast Tailpiece

Non- Toxic Lacquer Finish

Fretless - $100

Hide Head + $85

Aged Brass hardware + $75

Dobson Tone Ring + $120

Whyte Laydie Tone Ring + $165

Superior Fitted Hardcase + $165

Additional hardware, materials & Labor: increase cost $$$

rb31 open-back banjo, renan banjos, clawhammer, old time music, kyle creed, richlite fretboard

RB31 'Booker' 

Builders Notes: 

I set out to design a banjo that was stripped-down simple, sonically 'loud enough' and that sounded and played great with the fiddles. The Booker banjo features an integral rosewood tone-ring and Kyle Creeds magic sauce that combines a 25.5" scale length with a 12" pot; a proven recipe. I was also inspired by recordings of Mike Gangloff of Black Twig Pickers fretless banjo that has similar features. In my own experience I've found more hooks adds more resonance, more depth and more room to develop tonal range during setup.

If you are looking for a bassy mid-range, sonically rich & resonant banjo, look no further.

I describe the tone as hauntingly deceptive. This banjo 'cuts the noise'. 

Best way to contact is to Email me.