106 – The Trickster Banjo No. 2

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This banjo is a recreation of #048 with a new addition of Anansi the spider god and fully fretted instead of half fretless. The unique folklore trickster theme uses B’rer Rabbit on the peghead and the Japanese Kitsunev, a nine tailed fox, in the scoop with fox prints traveling up the fingerboard along with the African spider God Anansi in his web on the fingerboard. There’s a black Mother of Pearl raven on the back of the peghead and and a butterfly to the heel. The connection of the two as for tricksters is as follows, “in the Canadian Pacific northwest, the Haida depict Butterfly as the companion of Raven the Creator-Trickster, perhaps acknowledging the unpredictable and unreliable nature of “flights of fancy” and dreaming”. Another fun addition was using a goat skin for the head which represents yet another form of a trickster within folklore. A very fun design to make additions to and recreate.

  • 12″ Curly Walnut Rim
  • 25.5″ Scale Length
  • Wenge Tone Ring
  • Ebony Peghead Binding
  • Engraved White, Black and Gold Mother of Pearl and Abalone Inlays
  • Figured Maple Details with Golden Brown Stained Finish
  • Backstrap
  • Raw Brass Hardware
  • Seeders Violin Bridge
  • Jamaican Goat Skin Head