Flared Rim, Shamisen Inspired Open-Back Banjo

The Winston (as named by its owner, Christina Wilson of the Honey Whiskey Trio) is a banjo of remarkably diverse inspirations. Its maple block-rim construction, which hearkens back to the depression era Weymann style, is flared from the 11″ head out to 12.5″ at the back.  That extra width allows for the tension screws to be concealed in the rim, making for an elegantly uninterrupted exterior and added bass response. Turn the banjo over and be greeted with an intricately chip-carved herring-bone pattern that high-end Japanese Shamisen builders use to improve the tone of their instruments.  As with most Weitzel banjos it also has an adjustable neck to rim connection allowing for easy adjustments in string action. The Schertler tuners add smooth and precise tuning in a modern peghead design that sits atop the strong and lightweight Port Orford cedar neck. A Leopard-wood tone ring gives it a warm, rich sound, matched by the warmth of the Leopard-wood frailing scoop and trim throughout.

Complete specifications below.



  • 5 strings
  • Tunelled fifth string
  • Port Orford Cedar neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • 17 frets, EVO Gold wire
  • Frailing scoop, at 15th to 17th frets
  • Non-radiused
  • Leopard-wood binding
  • MOP Position Markers
  • Tuners – Schertler tuners
  • Neck to Rim connection: Adjustable
  • 26 3/16″ Scale length


  • Old growth maple, block construction.
  • Leopard-wood tone ring
  • Top adjusting brass stretcher bar
  • Flared design – 11″ head flared to 12.5″
  • Integral, hidden “shoes”


  • Bronze Tailpiece
  • Leopard-wood Armrest
  • Bridge – 3-0 design (3 Feet, No direct vibrational paths to the head)
  • Weight – Oops! I forgot to weigh it before delivering it! Estimated around 5.5-6lbs.