J P Banjos - Custom made open back Tenor banjos


Welcome to J P Banjos           1 Hatfield Close   
Maker of open back tenor banjos              West Derby
                                                                 Liverpool L12 0PD
                                                                                  
                                                                       Phone Jim:-  07837673096
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I am Jim Patton.

I began playing banjo some twenty years ago, learning Irish traditional music.
I started with a basic instrument and eventually progressed to a hand made top quality instrument. While the top quality instruments give great tones
and volume I found them to be very heavy, and of course very expensive.

( My research showed 99% of banjo players said they would prefer a lighter instrument if the tone and volume was not compromised )

Most top quality banjos are fitted with bell bronze tone rings. This type of tone ring will produce volume but makes the banjo very heavy and the cost of the tone rings are expensive.

I have studied many of the sought after vintage banjos and have concluded that the Weymann megaphonic rim and the Vega tubaphone tone ring produce an excellent tone without a great loss of volume.

It is this cross between both the Weymann and Vega banjos that
J P Banjos decaphonic rims and      tone rings are designed.
  
Therefore producing a lighter                but  more importantly
a less expensive instrument
without losing the volume.









Necks are a three piece design with a contrasting centre stripe along the length. Ebony fret board, headplate and heel. Resin bonded stainless steel fixed truss tube and Celtic knot MOP as standard.





                                                                  
I make three styles of rim, standard block, three ply and decaphonic,
( decaphonic rims only in block design ). All rim styles are finished with tulip wood and / or black & white chequered banding.
Rims can be ordered with ebony capping as extra.( see pictures )











      Standard Rim

11inch diameter
3/4inch thick
2 1/2inch deep
24 hook & bracket
( One shown has ebony capping )










      Decaphonic rim

11inch diameter at hoop
12 1/2 inch diameter at base
2 1/2 inch deep.
base of rim is tapered from 3/4 inch to meet the inside diameter of the tone ring.
20 hook

( One shown has ebony capping )





Scale length:- 22 inch, 19 Fret

Neck:- Width at nut 27mm  (1 3/32" )
           Width at 19th fret 42mm ( 1 5/8" )
           Depth of fretboard at nut 22mm ( 7/8" )
           Depth of fretboard at 13th Fret 31.5mm ( 1 1/2" )
          
Tone ring:- Hard brass, tubaphone archtop style, fitted as standard.
Tension hoop:- Grooved.
Tuners:- Schaller 4:1 ratio.
Tailpiece:- Clamshell.
Head:- Medium crown, coated underside.
Bridge:- 5/8 inch.
Weight:- 3Kg.
Dual coordinator rods.

All woods are top quality, fully seasoned, kiln and / or air dried.
Flamed maple, Honduras rosewood, mahogany and American black walnut.
All hardware is heavy nickel plated.
Neck & pot sealed with linseed oil to produce a smooth natural finish.
Bronze tone rings and your own MOP inlay designs can be included if required.
I can make the instrument to suit your needs.
Please contact me to discuss your preferences.








Decaphonic style Honduras Rosewood with custom ordered inlays and banding.

























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The new range Junior / travelling banjo.

The Junior banjo is a must for any young dedicated banjo player. It has a 19 inch scale length with 17 frets and a 9 inch rim therefore allowing the younger player to reach the frets far easier than that of a standard scale tenor and with the smaller diameter pot it will sit more comfortable in the lap.

The Junior banjo can be supplied with both the Decaphonic or parallel rim. Standard features are:-

Scale length:- 19inch, 17 fret

Neck:- Width at nut 27mm  (1 3/32" )
          Width at 17th fret 42mm ( 1 5/8" )
          Depth of fretboard at nut 22mm ( 7/8" )
          Depth of fretboard at 13th Fret 31.5mm ( 1 1/2" )
          Bonded stainless steel tubular truss rod

Tone ring:- Hard brass, tubaphone archtop style, fitted as standard.
Tension hoop:- Notched.
Tuners:- 5 Star 4:1 ratio.
Tailpiece:- No Knot.
Head:- Medium crown, Clear.
Bridge:- 1/2 inch.
Dual coordinator rods.

Necks are a three piece design with a contrasting centre stripe along the length. Ebony fret board, headplate and heel. 
Simple shaped peghead ( not shown )

Junior banjo rims are the same spec as my standard scale banjos.








































                                      Banjo shown is a custom order

Your own MOP inlay designs can be supplied if required.

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Price list:-
Standard rim £950
Decaphonic rim £1100
Ebony capping £100
Standard celtic MOP Inlay included in price
Banding choices are included in price
Junior / travelling banjos POA


JP banjos are excellent quality at affordable prices.
Please ensure all instruments are kept in temperatures not exceeding 25c and out of direct sunlight.
Decaphonic rim and tone ring. Patent pending.

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