Let me build you your dream banjo! The pricing and details below are just a selection of the most commonly requested details and appointments of a custom banjo. There are many more options and ideas available but don't be overwhelmed with every option available. I'm happy to help guide your decisions and the design of the instrument if so desired.
The information shown on this page apply to fully custom ordered banjos and not to Seeders standard models. A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place on the waitlist, please contact to make a deposit. The current wait time on average is 3-4 years for a fully customized banjo. When your banjo is getting close to the top of the build list you will work directly with me to finalize the details, design, and pricing of the banjo to be built. Final balance is due upon the completion of the banjo, before delivery.

Base Prices

  • 8" Pony/Piccolo Banjo*

    $3400
  • 10" Banjo*

    $3800
  • 10.5" Banjo*

    $3800
  • 11" Banjo

    $3800
  • 11.625" Banjo*

    $3800
  • 12" Banjo

    $3800
  • Custom Banjo Neck For Existing Rim **

    $1800

* Limited to Wooden Tone Ring and Rolled Brass Tone Rings
**Client supplied rim will subject to approval before work is accepted

 

Tone Rings

  • Dobson Special (Dobson on a rolled brass ring)

    $175
  • Tubaphone

    $300
  • Whyte Laydie

    $200
  • Seeders Eclipse

    $175
  • rolled brass tone ring
    rolled brass tone ring

    Rolled Brass

    $X
  • Rolled Brass Special Tone Ring
    Rolled Brass Special Tone Ring

    Rolled Brass Special

    $100
  • Brass Tube Tone Ring
    Brass Tube Tone Ring

    Hollow Brass Tube

    $125

* Some tone rings only available in 11" and 12" sizes

Wood Upgrades

  • Curly Maple
    Curly Maple

    Figured Wood Upgrade

    $100
  • Rare Tone Wood

    Determined on Choice of Wood
  • Extra Color Detail
    Extra Color Detail

    Extra Detail Laminates

    $25 per layer

Hardware

  • Antiqued Brass Banjo Hardware
    Antiqued Brass Banjo Hardware

    Antiqued Brass Finish

    $125
  • Bracket Band

    $250
  • seeders tailpiece
    seeders tailpiece

    Seeders Tailpiece

    $65
  • Buckeye Tailpiece

    $50

Neck Options

  • Seeders Six String Banjo
    Seeders Six String Banjo

    Six String

    200
  • Fretless Banjo

    subtract $100
  • Custom banjo with brass fretless fingerboard
    Custom banjo with brass fretless fingerboard

    Half Fretless Overlay

    Wood - $100 / Brass, Copper, Nickel - $150
  • Add Screws to Fretless Overlay

    $75
  • Custom banjo with pointed volute
    Custom banjo with pointed volute

    Volute/Hand Stop

    $50
    Rounded or Pointed
  • Custom Peghead Shape

    $125
  • Rear Peghead Overlay

    $150
  • Backstrap

    $250
  • slothead banjo
    slothead banjo

    Slotted Headstock

    Rounded Slots - $200 / Square Slots - $250
  • Slotted 5th String on 5th or 7th Fret

    $100
  • Custom Gibson TB-2 neck with hand engraved inlays and radiused fingerboard
    Custom Gibson TB-2 neck with hand engraved inlays and radiused fingerboard

    Radiused Fingerboard

    $100
  • Longneck

    $300

 Options Included With Base Price

  • Wood options (some may increase price, contact for wood availability)
  • One piece or two piece neck (some woods may not be available in one piece)
  • Hardware choice (various design and finish options available)
  • Choice of scale length and nut width
  • Steam Bent Rim or Block Style Rim (standard is 1/2” thick, other thicknesses available)
  • Seeders Violin Bridge
  • Two Way Truss Rod (Flush mount cover or hidden in heel)
  • Seeders Armrest or Vintage Style Wire Armrest
  • Wooden Integral Tone Ring or Rolled Brass Tone Ring
  • Traditional nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Choice of basic peghead shape
  • Nylon or Steel Strings
  • Fiberskyn, Renaissance, White Suede or Frosted head
  • Gotoh Planetary tuners
  • Seeders Grooved or Van Eps Style Tension Hoop
  • Traditional Heel Shape or Cole Boat Heel
  • Internal rim bevel with binding
  • Scoop or fully fretted
  • No Knot tailpiece
  • EVO or Nickel Silver Frets (Small or Medium Sized)
  • Mother of Pearl fret marker dots or scalloped squares (choice of simple inlay patterns)
  • Choice of Superior bump style hardshell case or Access rigid foam gig bag
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Inlay and Engraving

  • Custom inlay and engraving
    Custom inlay and engraving

    Custom Inlay and Engraving

    $100 minimum
    Additional cost is determined by design and inlay time at $100 an hour
  • Custom banjo rim engraving
    Custom banjo rim engraving

    Rim Engraving

    $100-200
  • Custom Carving

    $100 minimum

Binding

  • Custom banjo with wood fretboard binding
    Custom banjo with wood fretboard binding

    Neck

    Ivoroid or Black ABS $100 / Wood $150
  • Rim

    Ivoroid or Black ABS $100 / Wood $175
  • Dowel Stick

    $100
  • Peghead

    $250

Rim

  • Brass or Nickel Clad (spun over)

    $500
  • Half Clad with Wooden Tone Ring

    $350
  • Skin Head

    $125-150*
    Calfskin or Goatskin in various thicknesses / *Natural/Stained Contact for thickness/style availabilty
  • banjo rim cap
    banjo rim cap

    Rim Cap

    $$50-100
    *Cost varies depending on wood choice

Finish

  • Stained

    $100
  • Solid Color

    $150

*Pricing and availability subject to change at any time. Please contact for full estimate of pricing a custom instrument. Additional options always available upon request. Updated January 2023.

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