Redbird C Scale Banjo

The Redbird is a banjo born out of the need to have a shorter-necked instrument that my 7-year-old son could play easily. But being built with the same integrity as my other banjos, it is far from a kid’s instrument. I love playing it and do not tire of it’s beatiful tone. The design was inspired by and partially guided by my son, who chose the cardinal theme. He loves Rock & Roll as much as bluegrass, so the styling also reflects that rock “attitude”.

It features intricate cardinal inlays, neck and heel carving, a tunneled fifth string, adjustable neck to rim connection and a flared rim with bare feet (no shoes!). More specs below.



  • 5 strings
  • Tunelled fifth string
  • Curly maple neck
  • Hickory fretboard
  • 24 frets, EVO Gold
  • Non-radiused
  • No neck binding
  • Fretboard inlays – maple (burl and curly), ebony, and Avonite
  • Tuners – Gotoh ukulele banjo tuners (4:1 Planetary)
  • Neck to Rim connection: Adjustable
  • 19.5″ Scale length (“C” scale with steel strings, or “G” Scale if strung with nylon)


  • Old growth maple, block construction.
  • machined brass tone ring
  • Top adjusting brass stretcher bar
  • Flared design – 8″ head flared to 9.25″
  • Integral, hidden “shoes”


  • Bronze Tailpiece
  • Curly Maple Armrest
  • Bridge – Violin style with no direct path for string vibration to head
  • Overall Weight: 3lbs 9oz, (1.6kg)