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Of course some of our team will still be busy in the workshop, but a couple of us are taking a much needed holiday, so our shop will be closed to the public from September 23rd to 30th. You can still message us through the contact page, or leave a message on the phone or by LiveChat. And you can still order online of course. We'll pick up with as soon as we reopen on October 1st. Thanks so much!


We're delighted to have moved to new premises: a beautiful barn at the heart of a lovely visitor centre on the outskirts of Norwich. You can browse our range of banjos and accessories, see The Shackleton Banjo being made on-site, visit the lovely Courtyard Cafe and Plant Centre, as well as a great little collection of craft-based shops on the same site.

We are open every weekday from 10am to 4pm, and we'll soon be open Saturdays and Sundays too.

To avoid any disappointment, it's always a good idea to call or email first before you make a long trip: we're a small team and we want to make sure there's someone available to see you. See contact page for full details. See you soon!

The Banjos Direct customer care package is free and guaranteed!
  • 30 day no quibble returns policy
  • 24 month guarantee against manufacturing faults
  • Free advice by email, FOREVER

We have established ourselves as a leader in the banjo revival by offering the best banjos for your money, whether you're a beginner or a pro, and by offering the most customer-friendly and committed service you will find in any store in the world.

We back this simple commitment up with what we call our 10 Commandments of Quality, Service & Value. They're so important to us that they appear on every page of our website, but here they are to check out now...

Our 10 Commandments of Quality, Service & Value

  1. Best QUALITY INSTRUMENTS & FREE SET-UP in our UK workshop
  2. We MATCH OR BEAT any in-stock price
  3. FREE SPARE STRINGS with every instrument
  4. SAFE SHIPPING anywhere, guaranteed
  6. No quibble RETURNS up to 30 DAYS
  7. Unrivalled TWO YEAR WARRANTY on every instrument
  9. EXPERT advice and CLEAR information
  10. FREE ADVICE FOREVER, by email at any time!

Introducing The Shackleton: the first British-made affordable banjo in over 60 years

We are making the first production banjo to be manufactured in Britain for many decades. Not just the first... but in our view just about the best openback banjo you can buy under £1,000! And here's what it sounds like. Thanks to customer John Dow for these great demos.



Welcome to the new era of the banjo: everyone's invited

We are in the new era. An era when the magic of the banjo is attracting more players than ever before. Regardless of age, musical influences, experience or ability. The banjo isn't restricted anymore to Bluegrass, or to Old-Time, or even to folk or country. Now the banjo has a growing role in every kind of music, and more and more people are enjoying the banjo and its unique voice.

The banjo is easy to begin playing, very forgiving of learner's mistakes and early fumblings, fulfilling from the first time you play it, and thrillingly satisfying as you become more accomplished. And that applies whether you want to play 5-string banjo or 4-string, or even 6-string guitar-banjo (banjitar). And whether you want the unique sound of resonator banjo or openback banjo.

What we have here is a movement: a movement of people of all ages and backgrounds falling in love with the banjo and tearing down all the old prejudices, stereotypes and silly myths. The banjo is for everyone, and it seems that everyone is catching on!

At Banjos Direct we are proud to be leading this movement, in part by offering practical support to the worldwide banjo movement. We have, for example, become key sponsors and Associate Producers of the wonderful new feature length documentary The Porchlight Sessions, from which you can see an inspiring clip right here.

Banjo Stylin' from Porchlight Sessions on Vimeo.


Join the global banjo movement today...

It doesn't matter whether you want to play like Earl Scruggs or Bela Fleck, or like Steve Martin, or to sound like Mumford & Sons, Abigail Washburn, or anybody else. It doesn't matter whether you want to play Bluegrass, Old-Time, folk, country, jazz, rock or pop. It doesn't matter if you're 15, 25, 55 or 85! It doesn't matter if you want to play alone, or with friends, or in sessions, or to form a band. There are no rules and no restrictions.

And it doesn't matter if you have no musical knowledge at all, or if you've never even picked up a banjo or any other instrument. Heck, it doesn't matter if you don't yet know Bluegrass from green grass. What matters is you want to play the banjo. So, welcome to the new era of the banjo. You're part of a worldwide musical movement, and that's a life enhancing thing to be!
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