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Jim Jacquet
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  • Olympia, WA
  • United States
  • 20+ years
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Actual Minstrel Banjos for sale?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Robertson Apr 7, 2018. 8 Replies

I've seen several modern minstrel banjos for sale here recently, which makes me wonder are there ever any mid 19th century minstrel banjos for sale?Continue

Learning stroke style at American Banjo Camp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Jacquet Apr 12, 2017. 2 Replies

Was wondering how many people on the west coast would be interested in learning minstrel 'stroke style' banjo at American Banjo Camp? I have been in contact with Ken Perlman about getting Greg Adams…Continue

Brass pot banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Jacquet Jun 12, 2016. 4 Replies

Hello--I recently acquired an antique banjo with a smooth brass pot--no holes, no shoes, no brackets or hooks. Have been assuming it may have originally had an internal tension system, but several…Continue


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I hope its OK to mention this here...I just wrote and published an eBook called AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF THE BANJOby Jim Jacquet. Its on Amazon.If you buy a copy, please consider doing a review.…Continue

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COLLECTING BANJOSby Jim JacquetAnnouncing the new, expanded, PAPERBACK version of my banjo ebook,(formerly titled, An Informal History Of The Banjo).A high quality, printed, 8 x 11 banjo book you will want to own and enjoy!With a New Title, New…
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An Informal History Of The Banjo

"I have it. Nice read! Unfortunately my Kindle only shows the pictures black and white and in pretty bad quality. Stil enjoyed it very much."
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AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF THE BANJO, by Jim Jacquet at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R8J991N/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=An+Informal+History+Of+The+Banjo&qid=1556378297&s=books&sr=1-1-fkmrnull

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After entirely too much pulling of hair, gnashing of teeth, and banging my head on the the computer monitor, I was able to give birth to an entirely new and expanded version of my ebook: AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF THE BANJO. It contains all of the 40+ banjos from my (gawd!) over 40 years of collecting, and is lavishly illustrated.Be the first on your block to own one! …See More
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Circa 1860s restored banjo

Posted on December 1, 2015 at 10:33pm 6 Comments

Just got this restored banjo on ebay. Wyatt Fawley, in Pennsylania, restored it. We both believe it to be from the 1860s, based on the hand made hooks and nuts, and the way they are attached to the wooden pot. Wyatt had to steam the wooden pot back into round, and one of the hooks/nuts is a replacement. Original black paint is still on rimstick. Pot is hand sawed maple and neck is tight grwined walnut.

I haven't gotten this in the mail yet, but was wondering what the consensus is as to the… Continue

homemade gourd banjo

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 5:19pm 0 Comments

Hi. Just built, with the generous help of a luthier friend, a gourd banjo similar to the one in the 1790 painting The Old Plantation.

Got me wondering, do we know how they would have been tuned at the time? I have the 3 and a half strings…


Possible 1870s HC Dobson?

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 7:56pm 28 Comments

Just got this old banjo on eBay. It was listed as homemade or folk art, which is why there were no serious bidders.

I think it is an 1870s  H.C. Dobson, before he went to the more conventional design in the 1880s.

Any thoughts, pro or con about that I.D.? Haven't taken it apart yet, so don't know if it says  Dobson inside the pot.

Jim Jacquet

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old minstrel banjo

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 9:42pm 8 Comments

With the generous help of Eric Prust, in Sequim, WA, and a beautiful tailpiece from Joel Hooks, the old minstrel banjo is playable! Wonderful, deep sound! Playing it with nylgut strings tuned down low.
Thanks to everyone for their positive feedback!

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