I am currently scheduling neck builds for January 2019.  The prices shown below are effective for 2019, work promised to be done in 2018 will be done at 2018 prices.  Please email me if you need to see the old price list to finalize your order for a 2018 neck.

Base price for necks is $325 which includes a Stew-Mac Hot Rod two way truss rod and nickel-silver fret wire but not tuners.  I can do any scale length and nut width, and I can cut the heel to fit any size rim.  My necks are usually made from 2 or 3 pieces of wood, if you want a one piece neck let me know and I will see what I have on hand. I can make Vega or Dobson heels, and full-fret or scooped fretboards, all are included in base price.  4, 5 or 6 string necks all cost the same.  The base price wood is cherry, plain maple or ash with a jatoba, hickory or hop-hornbeam fretboard.  Paddle or figure 8 shaped pegheads are included in the base price and other shapes will cost $10 or $20 depending on the amount of work to make them.  Below is a list of the charges for more expensive woods, and I am also happy to work with most other types of wood if you send me the material. The exception is cocobolo, which made me sneeze for some reason the one time I used it on a custom neck. Brass front or side dots are included in base price. Any peghead overlay wood that I have on hand is included in the base price.

Curly maple, mahogany or walnut +$20
Center stripe +$10
Ebony fretboard +$30
Rosewood fretboard +$20
Persimmon, granadillo or pau ferro fretboard +$10
Rocklite Ebano or Sundari fretboard $35
Radiused fretboard +$30
Bound fretboard (wood binding) +$30
Fretless -$20
Both front and side dots (one or the other is included in base price)+$10
Wood dots, species of your choice +$10
Pearl or other dots + cost of material
Other pre-cut inlays +$10 to install, plus cost of inlay shape
EVO Gold fret wire +$10
Tru Oil finish +$20
Bone nut and pip +$10
Spikes +$5 each


I usually have some rims on hand and I am happy to make custom rims too.  I only make block rims.  Cherry or ash costs $70 for an 11″ or smaller rim up to 3″ high and with 1/2″ to 3/4″ wall thickness.  Over 3″ high adds $10, 12″ rims add $10.  Walnut, mahogany and curly maple each cost $10 extra.  I can turn one of my rims to fit your tone ring and flange for $10 each but you’ll have to send them to me so I have them in hand to fit properly.  I have turned rims as large as 16″(which is the biggest I can fit on my lathe) and as small as 8″.  Send me an email if you’d like to know what I currently have in stock, or to place a custom order.

Tension Hoops

I have begun making my own Van Eps style tension hoops from brass or aluminum and will be happy to make custom hoops for $50 +/- depending on the size and material.  I can also supply a hoop without the holes for $40+/-, if you’d like to make your own notches.   Send me an email to arrange details.


This kind of armrest was originally developed by Jason Romero of Romero Banjos.  I can make wood armrests to fit any banjo, I just need a couple of measurements.  Price is $30 for cherry, ash or plain maple.  $5 extra for mahogany, walnut or curly maple.  The armrest is held on by an aluminum or brass bracket that goes around the inside of two hooks and has a threaded hole for the screw.  Weight is generally in the 1 to 2 ounce range for cherry or walnut, I haven’t weighed the ones I have made from other woods.  Shipping is $5 anywhere in the US, other areas please inquire.