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Final reductions before we move to The Great British Banjo Co*
*We are moving to The Great British Banjo Company

If you're a regular visitor to Banjos Direct you'll have noticed that we've been clearing the shelves in a fantastic sale (which is still going, so don't miss out). But you may not know why we've been doing that. Well, it's because, after three years of trading under the Banjos Direct name we are merging with our parent company The Great British Banjo Company, manufacturers of the fabulous Shackleton banjo.

The Shackleton is the first banjo to be manufactured at production volumes in Britain for more than 60 years. It's made in our factory in Norwich, Norfolk, and it has shipped all over the world, from Australia to Honolulu.

In fact The Shackleton has been such a success that The Great British Banjo Company website ( has become the focus of attention. With that in mind we are soon going to move all Banjos Direct trading activity over to that website.

Why not take a look inside The Shackleton Banjo factory, in our new movie...

Continue to buy in confidence – guarantees and service promises remain the same

You can carry on buying from this site in absolute confidence. Everything you buy from Banjos Direct benefits from our 30 day return policy and our industry-leading two year guarantee. The Great British Banjo Company is the parent company of Banjos Direct, and will honour every guarantee and service every customer to the same high standard. You only have to look at our independent customer reviews (bottom right corner of this page) to see our commitment to service and customer satisfaction.

Thank you for support us on our journey so far!

We have had a tremendous adventure with Banjos Direct and we appreciate the support of every sinlge one of our thousands of customers. We very much hope you will continue to support us through when we move over in a few weeks time.

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 CLEANING KIT 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

Introducing The Shackleton range: the first British-made production banjos in over 60 years

We are making the first production banjos to be manufactured in Britain for many decades. Not just the first... but in our view just about the best banjos you can buy! And here's what the Shackleton 1 openback sounds like. Thanks to customer John Dow for these great demos. And the full range is available at our sibling store



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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