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Thumpy #19 – $1,150

Thumpy Banjo #19 front view
Thumpy Banjo #19
Thumpy Banjo #19 - front peghead
Peghead
Thumpy #19 Neck
Fingerboard
fingerboard
fingerboard
scoop
back of peghead
back of rim
back of heel
String posts
String through rim
vertical front view
vertical view of scoop

Five-string, short-scale, flush-fret, steel-strung banjo. Great for clawhammer and finger-style parlor music. Plays well in common old-time tunings like A, C, D, and G.

Free shipping in the lower 48 states. All others please reach out to make arrangements.

Includes new gig-bag. Hand-Crafted in Radford, Virginia.

  • Walnut neck – Carbon fiber reinforced (non-adjustable)
  • Fretless fingerboard – Indian Laurel, flush-fret, 16″ radius, scoop & thumb scoop
  • 22.25″ scale length
  • 11″ Multi-ply Maple Rim – rolled brass tone ring, string through
  • Gotoh tuners in nickel
  • Custom 5-hole bridge with wide string spacing and offset 5th string
  • Weight: about 4 pounds & 1 ounce

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Thumpy #17 – sold

Thumpy Banjo #17 as seen from the front. The fretless neck features fret markers that are flush with the surface of the fingerboard.

Thumpy Ultra-Light Precision Pro Minus

What is a Thumpy Banjo Anyway? Thumpy Banjos are short-scale, nylon-strung, fretless, open-back banjos. They are a slightly different animal than steel strung open-back banjos. The short scale length can be helpful with shoulder fatigue. The fretless feature facilitates certain playing styles. The nylon strings, IMO, make it easier to get clean notes from a fretless fingerboard and they have a mellower tone than steel strings.

Thumpy 17 Demo
The front view of the neck of Thumpy Banjo #17 featuring flush frets.

What’s so Ultra-Light about it? This banjo weighs 3 pounds and 9.8 ounces. As banjos go, that’s light!

What’s precision about it? This fretless banjo has fret markers that are set flush with the fingerboard. This gives the player the best of both worlds, the sound and feel of fretless with the precision of a fretted banjo. As a long-time fretless player, this feature emboldens me to play stuff up the neck even in performance setting.

What’s minus about it? This banjo features a deep thumb scoop. These can be a great comfort feature for some players.

Thumpy banjo thumb scoop
The back view of Thumpy Banjo #17
The back view of the neck of Thumpy Banjo #17
Thumpy Banjo #17 strings through the rim
  • Walnut neck with Indian Laurel fingerboard
  • carbon fiber reinforced neck (non-adjustable)
  • Nickel hardware including Gotoh 2-band tuners and geared fifth peg
  • 11″ multi-ply maple rim with bearing edge
  • 22.25″ scale length
  • Weight: 3 pounds, 9.8 ounces
  • Strings through the rim
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Thumpy #16 – $1650

Thumpy banjo #16 - front view
Thumpy Banjo #16 - back view
Thumpy banjo #16 - neck front featuring figured cocobolo fingerboard
Thumpy #16 - lightly flamed maple neck as seen from the back

Five string banjo, short-scale nylon strung fretless. Great for clawhammer and finger-style parlor music. Plays well in common old-time tunings like A, C, D, and G. Will also go down further than G, plays well in F and B-flat. This particular Thumpy Banjo features a 12″ rim with a renaissance head. Has extra hard tension nylon strings. Very articulate for a fretless nylon strung banjo. Rim features a bearing edge, no tone-ring. Includes new gig-bag. Hand-Crafted in Radford, Virginia.

  • Lightly flamed maple neck, non-adjustable carbon fiber reinforced
  • Gotoh 2-band tuners
  • 12″ maple rim
  • 22.5″ scale length
  • Figured Cocobolo fingerboard