Old-timey Fretless Mountain Banjo by Nate Calkins



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  • Handmade
  • Materials: Walnut, Cherry, Nylgut, Ebony, Goatskin

Cherry or Walnut “Proffitt Style” Mountain Banjos up for sale. They’re real simple, but display the same fit and finish I apply to all my banjos. Fretless, ebony pegs, 6” goatskin head.
These are really fun to play, they sound so unique. Roughly 24.5”-25” scale. Nylgut strings.
Any questions, just ask. I’d be happy to answer.
Please see my reviews on BanjoHangout, and check out CalkinsBanjos.com

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Please specify cherry or walnut. (See thumbnails when you choose color) and allow 3 to 5 weeks for build time. It’s usually around 3, but it has been busy lately!

Please message me if interested and ask if I have one ready to go. I usually do, and you won’t have to wait for build time.



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16 reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Caitlin Jul 20, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Nate made the banjo that my husband has always wanted! The quality is incredible and the instrument is beautiful to see and hear. We recieved excellent customer service, as Nate truly want above and beyond to make exactly what we wanted. Thank you so much for helping me give this incredible anniversary gift to my husband!

lkwatel Apr 2, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

This is an incredibly well made banjo. Nate was really nice and communicative. Perfect seller!

Ross Mills Oct 30, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

I love the banjo by Nate. It’s beautifully made and with such a nice old timey twang. Highly recommended!

Steven Berger Oct 4, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

The banjo came well packaged and on time. It's a beautiful instrument, and it sounds fantastic! Nate is great to work with, and he crafts a fine banjo....highly recommended!