Banjo and Banjolele Luthier M.L. Neal Banjos
 
  Current Inventory
 
Current Inventory
Below are a few banjos and banjoleles that I have in stock and ready to ship. You can also order custom instruments made to your sepcifications to fit your needs and preferences. Email mark@mlnealbanjos.com for more information about any of the instruments below, to order, or to talk about placing a custom order. I will be happy to help you through the process of selecting the custom or stock banjo or banjolele that will be just right for you.
On this page: Maple and Claro Walnut Banjolele Concert ScaleMaple and Claro Walnut BanjoleleMaple and Madrone BanjoleleMaple and Claro Walnut 5-String Banjo Maple and Madrone Dobson Style 5-String Banjo

Banjoleles
Maple and Claro Walnut Banjolele Concert Scale
Maple Claroo Walnut Banjolele Banjo Uke

Scale: 14.7" (Concert)
Neck width at nut: 1.25"
Pot Size: 8" diameter, 0.5" wall thickness, 3.25" deep, 1/2" thick granadillo integral tone ring
Tonal Qualities: This instrument has a rich, full and balanced sound with good low end and full sustain.
Curly maple pot with figured claro walnut rim cap
Bookmatched laminated maple neck with curl and light birdseye
Claro walnut peghead overlay
FSC certified pau ferro fingerboard
Gold pearl inlaid position marker dots at frets 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 (two dots at the 12th fret)
Matching gold pearl side dots
Twelve hooks
Rickard nickle plated brass hardware
Gotoh two band planetary tuners
Custom made cocobolo and maple 0.625" bridge
Bone nut
No knot tailpiece
Aquila Nylgut strings
Remo Renaissance head
Ships with NueNue padded gig bag case

Price: $1400 SOLD


Maple and Claro Walnut Banjolele #1

Scale: 14.7" (Concert)
Neck width at nut: 1.25"
Pot Size: 8" diameter, 0.5" wall thickness, 3.25" deep, reclaimed cocobolo integral tone ring
Tonal Qualities: This instrument has a rich, full and balanced sound with good low end and full sustain.
Curly maple pot with claro walnut burl rim cap
Bookmatched laminated maple neck with curl and light birdseye
Claro walnut burl peghead overlay
FSC certified pau ferro fingerboard
Gold pearl inlaid position marker dots at frets 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 (two dots at the 12th fret)
Matching gold pearl side dots
Twelve hooks
Rickard nickle plated brass hardware
Gotoh two band planetary tuners
Custom made cocobolo and maple 0.5" bridge
Bone nut
No knot tailpiece
Aquila Nylgut strings
Remo Renaissance head
Ships with NueNue padded gig bag case

 

Maple and Madrone Banjolele #1
Banjo Uke Banjolele Maple and madrone

Scale: 14.7" (Concert)
Neck width at nut: 1.25"
Pot Size: 8" diameter, 0.5" wall thickness, 3.25" deep, reclaimed cocobolo integral tone ring
Tonal Qualities: This instrument has a rich, full and balanced sound with good low end and full sustain.
Curly maple pot with madrone burl rim cap
Bookmatched laminated maple neck with curl and light birdseye
Madrone burl peghead overlay
Pressure stabilized madrone burl fingerboard
Paua abalone inlaid position marker dots at frets 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 (two dots at the 12th fret)
Matching paua abalone side dots
Twelve hooks
Rickard raw brass hardware
Gotoh two band planetary tuners
Custom made cocobolo and maple 0.5" bridge
Bone nut
No knot tailpiece
Aquila Nylgut strings
Remo Renaissance head
Ships with NueNue padded gig bag case

Whitey Wingland playing this banjolele in concert at Zoeys in Ventura, California
with Ian MacFayden and 50 Sticks of Dynamite

Nicola Gordon

Singer/Songwriter Nicola Gordon performing her new song, "I Settle Down" on this Banjolele. Click below to hear this song.
Nicola is a treasure. Learn more about her wonderful, heartfealt music at

Nicola's Website
or
Nicola's Facebook Page


5-String Banjos


Maple and Madrone 5-String Banjo #2
Maple and Madrone 5-string banjo

Scale: 26.188"
Neck width at nut: 1.375"
Pot Size: 11" diameter, 0.5" wall thickness, 3.125" deep
Rickard Dobson-style spun brass tone ring
Curly maple pot with madrone burl rim cap
Bookmatched laminated maple neck with light curl and birdseye
Madrone burl peghead overlay
Pressure stabilized madrone fingerboard
"S" shaped frailing scoop
Gold toned EVO alloy fretwire
Paua abalone inlaid position marker dots at frets 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 (two dots at the 12th fret)
Matching Paua abalone side dots
Twenty hooks
Rickard raw brass hardware
Gotoh two band planetary tuners
Custom made 0.75" bridge from cocobolo and maple
Bone nut and hand turned bone 5th string nut
No knot tailpiece
Remo Renaissance head
Ships with padded gig bag case

Price: $2390.00 SOLD

This banjo is a prototype created to explore the use of some more uncommon north American hardwoods and some new and exciting design characteristics. It also has a wide, "full profile" (thick) neck that is preferred by some old time players. It also has a Dobson-style spun brass tone ring that is press fit onto a claro walnut integral tone ring. This unique combination combines the depth and resonance of the Dobson tone ring with the warm woodiness of the claro walnut for a wonderful, sweet sound with good volume. For more information about this unique instrument go to blog.boymeetsbanjo.com

Maple and Walnut 5-String Banjo #3
Walnut Maple 5-String Banjo

Scale: 26.188"
Neck width at nut: 1.25"
Pot Size: 11" diameter, 0.5" wall thickness, 3.125" deep, round rod brass tone ring
Curly maple pot with curly walnut rim cap
Bookmatched laminated maple neck with light curl and birdseye
Claro walnut burl peghead overlay and heelcap
FSC certified pau ferro fingerboard
"S" shaped frailing scoop
Nickel silver fretwire
Gold mother of pearl inlaid position marker dots at frets 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 (two dots at the 12th fret)
Matching gold mother of pearl side dots
Twenty hooks
Rickard nickel plated brass hardware
Gotoh two band planetary tuners
Custom made 0.562" bridge from cocobolo and maple
Bone nut and hand turned bone 5th string nut
No knot tailpiece
Remo Renaissance head
Ships with padded gig bag case

 

Our newest design, this instrument is as beautiful as it is a pleasure to play. It has a deep bentwood pot and rolled brass tone ring that give it a resonant, balanced tone with ample volume and sustain. The gracile neck has a slightly vaulted profile allowing it to fit well in the left hand with wonderful playability. Though this is priced like a midrange instrument it is professional quality. An exceptional value, this instrument allows you the chance to own an heirloom quality, hand made instrument at far less than you might expect to pay.