The banjos from Pisgah Banjo Company are handcrafted in Fairview Valley, North Carolina with native Appalachian hardwoods including cherry, walnut and maple pots. The necks are constructed using persimmon wood and are appointed with lovely headstock inlays with contrasting woods. Patrick Heavner, master luthier at Pisgah Banjo Co and a native of North Carolina has been building banjos for six years. He harbors a deep respect for the history and culture of Appalachia and has worked with renowned craftsmen in Boone and Brasstown. Heavner combines a building approach that draws from the traditionalism and innovative spirit of the the mountain culture when constructing these banjos. Folk quilting patterns turn up in his lovely, understated headstock inlays of contrasting woods.
Topher Stephens, another luthier at Pisgah Banjo Company, grew up steeped in the musical cultures born from Appalachia. He’s been attending old-time festivals since two years old and has been a player since a child. His keen understanding of the musics, sound, and picking styles has lead to the creation of an instrument that delivers a true old time sound while also being gorgeous, fun to play, and resonant. Topher reveles in his professional life since his passion is to create instruments that capture the traditions while flourishing in the contemporary culture.
Maple Leaf Music is impressed with attention to detail in the construction of these banjos. For a price point under $1300, these banjos knock it out of the park. Point to point details and immaculate joinery are the foundation for these toneful banjos.