Howson Old Time 19 Fret Tenor Banjo with Deluxe Hard Case

  • £1,899.00

Exclusively designed and handmade for Eaglemusic, by British banjo luthier Will Howson. Features a 19 fret neck, 12" Cherry block rim with an ebony cap, handmade brass tonering, stained goatskin head, handmade ebony and cherry bridge and a hand rubbed True Oil Finish. Supplied in a Superior 12" Openback deluxe tenor hard case. See below for full specs.
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Buy your Howson Old Time 19 Fret Tenor Banjo with Deluxe Hard Case from Eagle Music Shop and receive our premier workshop setup at no extra cost.

Howson Old Time 19 Fret Tenor Banjo specifications


  • Eagle Music Exclusive Model
  • 12" Cherry block rim construction
  • Handmade brass tone ring
  • Ebony tone rim cap
  • Romero inspired dowel rod construction
  • Rickard raw brass hardware
  • Howson handmade 2 footed maple and ebony tipped bridge
  • Rennaisance head



  • Slim tapered neck profile
  • 3 piece neck
  • 19 frets
  • Curved traditional heel with ebony cap
  • 2 way adjustable truss rod
  • Ebony faced headstock veneer with engraved mother of pearl fiddle playing mouse and stars.
  • Ebony fingerboard with MOP side dot markers
  • Medium fretwire
  • Buffalo horn nut
  • Rear facing planetary tuners with black buttons
  • Spliced neck with black detail centre line
  • Hand rubbed True oil finish

Tuned GDAE Irish Tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.


  • Scale length - 22.2" scale length
  • Total Length 840mm
  • Neck length 510mm
  • Neck width at nut 30mm
  • Weight - 2.7Kg (6lbs)

Supplied in a Superior 12" Openback Tenor Deleuxe hard shell case

Each banjo we supply is individually set up in our on-site Banjo Specialist Workshop here at Eagle Music. Any Banjo purchased from Eagle will be fully SET UP, checked for intonation and playability and tuned ready for playing straight out of the box!

More information about Will
Based in south Shropshire, I am usually to be found making and repairing banjos, lap style guitars, standard guitars and other stringed instruments.

My work supplies shops in the UK as well as building custom instruments for musicians, both amateur and professional.

All my instruments are hand-made and the majority of the work is done using traditional hand tools and methods.

The majority of my work is building custom banjos, Weissenborns, Resophonic and various other types of lapstyle guitars as well as conventional steel string guitars.

I have a particular interest in Hawaiian guitars, having researched and written on their history and development as part of my BSc at London Metropolitan, where I spent three years training as a Luthier under Godefroy Maruejouls (MJS Guitars), Norman Myall and Nicholas Blishen gaining a first class degree with honours in 2011.

When not making instruments I spend a lot of time playing them, especially the banjo, lap style guitars and to a lesser extent guitar and electric bass.



Category 4 String Banjo
Playing Level Intermediate, Professional
Playing Style Irish GDAE
Banjo Pot Size 12 inch Pot
Body Type Open back
Number of Frets 19
Tuning Pegs Rear Facing Planetry Pegs
Supplied with Case/Gig Bag Deluxe Hard Case
Manufacturers Warranty Limited Lifetime Gurantee
Exclusivity Exclusive to Eagle Music
Delivery & Returns


We will endeavor to ensure that orders are speedily processed and despatched the same day if at all possible.

Ordered items requiring setting up in the workshop will be despatched within 1-2 days using DPD Local Next Day Delivery (next day being the day after it leaves Eagle Music Shop). On the day of delivery you will receive a text message with your hours delivery time slot

You will be informed immediately if there is a problem with any part of your order or if any item is 'out of stock'.

NB : Orders processed on a Saturday but will not leave us until the Monday as Royal Mail and DPD Local do not collect from us at the Weekend.

You can read our full deliveries policy here.

Should you not be entirely happy with your purchase, or you have ordered an incorrect item, Eagle Music is happy to refund your purchase (excluding postage) within 28 days providing the goods are in a fully resaleable condition (including the original undamaged packaging) and not featured within the Exclusion Policy. (Exclusions apply to selected products).

Please note the following exclusions:

DVD's and CD's cannot be returned unless they are faulty

Banjo heads cannot be returned once you have tried to fit them to your banjo

Harmonica's have a 7 day guarantee and can be returned within this time if they are found to be faulty

Goods must be returned to Eagle Music together with a covering letter and contact details so that the matter can be dealt with efficiently and promptly.

You can read our full returns policy here.


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