Griffin Banjos The 'Ariel' Maple

  • £1,375.00

The Griffin 'Ariel' is a shorter scale 5-string banjo built in the UK by James Bowen at Griffin banjos.
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Buy your Griffin Banjos The 'Ariel' Maple from Eagle Music Shop and receive our premier workshop setup at no extra cost.

James Bowen, the owner of ‘Griffin Banjos’ is without doubt one of the finest banjo makers worldwide. Excellent designs, selection of the finest materials, attention to fine detail and superb craftsmanship are the hallmark of this world class UK based banjo maker. As a world leading banjo specialists here at Eagle Music Shop we are delighted to have these fine instruments available for our discerning customers.

 The ‘Ariel’ Open Back ‘A’ banjo …is of one of the unique ‘Griffin’ designs. It is a short scale model designed to be played in ‘A’ .Excellent for smaller handed players or for playing along with fiddlers! The Ariel is built to exacting tolerances and has a fast action neck as do all ‘Griffin Banjos’. It has exceptional tone and volume for a banjo with a 10” diameter pot.

The build quality and specification is as follows.

  • Rim …Hand built thick ¾” block highly figured maple rim ebony faced on the outer
  • Tone ring …Nickel plated brass
  • Tension hoop … ‘Griffin’ lowered, nickel plated in the traditional style
  • Twin adjustable ‘Griffin’ polished stainless steel rim rods
  • Tailpiece …Griffin design
  • Head …Renaissance 10”
  • Neck …rock maple with ebony central strip, fitted with a solid ebony fingerboard. Mother of pearl dots and inlay
  • Headstock …Ebony faced with MOP ‘Griffin’ logos
  • Tuners …ABM planet geared – Made in Germany
  • Bridge …Scorpion 5/8" sfooted maple/ebony bridge

This unique design could also be used as a top quality travel banjo. Just a joy to play in the higher ‘A’ tuning (can also be tuned to standard ‘G’ tuning)

An excellent hand built high quality banjo.




Category 5 String Banjo
Playing Level Intermediate, Professional
Playing Style Bluegrass gDGBD, Frailing / Clawhammer
Body Type Open back
Number of Frets 21
Tuning Pegs Rear Facing Planetry Pegs
Travel Banjo Travel Banjo
Factory Fitted Pickup No
Supplied with Case/Gig Bag Deluxe Hard Case
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'.

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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