WeitzelBanjo.com is here to showcase the lutherie work of Jeffrey Weitzel, who is dedicated to renewing interest in the form of the banjo.
Originally brought to the United States by slaves, the banjo gained popularity and many modern improvements in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since the 1930’s, though, development of the banjo as a modern instrument has stagnated. Jeff’s goal is to change that, not by ignoring a rich history and throwing away ideas that have worked well, but by questioning designs that have stayed for no apparent reason other than tradition or being seen in the hands of famous players. His approach is fresh, with design guided by functional improvements and a sculptural aesthetic. Have a look around and see for yourself.
From a satisfied customer,
“Hi Jeffrey, I’ve been meaning to get back to you to let you know about the overwhelming response to my banjo. My instructor, [well known instructor with own signature model for another banjo company], was very impressed with its “work of art” looks and incredible sound. She played it for a bit and remarked about the ease of play and she especially loved the armrest/tailpiece design. Yesterday was 3rd lesson with it and [Instructor] commented on how much more comfortable I seem with the banjo.
At the jam the banjo held its own and was a huge hit! The sound was loud, punchy, and clear. I’m still getting compliments about the design and sound almost a month later.
Jeffrey, I just want to thank you again for your outstanding craftsmanship. I love every aspect of this banjo. It’s light, comfortable, and sounds amazing. I marvel at your ability to create my dream banjo from friendly conversation. I am truly a Weitzel Banjo fan.
PS: I’ll be attending Women’s Banjo Camp at the end of July. If you get a chance, would mind sending me more business cards?”