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Griffin Banjos Eagle 'Bowen' Custom 5 String Deluxe Openback Banjo

  • £2,999.99

Proudly made in the UK, the very high grade 'Eagle Bowen' is a custom, handmade banjo made exclusively for Eaglemusic by master banjo maker James Bowen. Features a Bacon & Day style tone ring, black walnut neck, walnut block rim, nickel plated bracket band with 28 hooks and round nuts, Gary Sosebee bridge, Ivroid bound fingerboard, Mother of pearl neck and headstock inlays. Custom Bowen tailpiece and armrest. Fantastic bell like clear tone with plenty of sustain. Perfect for any banjo player!
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Buy your Griffin Banjos Eagle 'Bowen' Custom 5 String Deluxe Openback Banjo from Eagle Music Shop and receive our premier workshop setup at no extra cost.

 Eagle 'Bowen' 5 String Banjo Specification.

  • Neck: Black walnut, book matched construction with centre stripe and double acting truss rod.
  • Fingerboard: Ebony bound in pearloid; full set of MK II white pearl inlays and nameplate;
  • 3 Railroad spikes fitted to the 5th string at 7th,9th and 10th fret.
  • Peghead: Triple layer veneer overlays with inlays of nameplate, Eagle head logo and 'truss rod cover plate' in white pearl.
  • Pearl tip to rear face of headstock
  • Heelcap: Triple layer veneer overlays with willow leaf inlay in white pearl.
  • Bone Nut:
  • Rim: Black walnut; block construction for stability with 9 /16" wall thickness; turned to accept Bacon tone ring and shoe band; decorative banding outside; black edge binding inside and out; ebony base capping with 3 stars in white pearl.
  • Hardware: Gotoh tuners (Japanese)
  • Bacon tone ring
  • 24 notch tension hoop, nickel plated
  • 24 shoe band, nickel plated
  • 24 steel tension hooks, nickel plated
  • 24 Vega style nuts, nickel plated
  • Griffin rim rods, stainless steel
  • Griffin tailpiece, stainless steel
  • Griffin armrest, stainless steel
  • Bridge: Snuffy Smith
  • Strings: Eagle Puretone -
  • Finish: Tru-Oil, multiple coats
  • Scale length 26 1/4"


Category 5 String Banjo
Playing Level Intermediate, Professional
Playing Style Bluegrass gDGBD, Frailing / Clawhammer
Banjo Pot Size 11 inch Pot
Body Type Open back
Number of Frets 22
Tuning Pegs Rear Facing Planetry Pegs
Manufacturers Warranty Lifetime
Exclusivity Exclusive to Eagle Music
Delivery & Returns

  Royal Mail announce changes to Special Delivery and Customer Service Points.
In light of the recent advice given by the government regarding COVID-19, please be aware of the following announcement from Royal Mail advising of changes to their services.

Special Deliveries.

Due to increased absence levels, we’ve reviewed our timed guarantees for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am and 1pm services and will make the following changes.

For items posted from Tuesday 31 March 2020 onwards, our guarantee delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9.00am the next working day will change to by 12.00pm the next working day*. Our guaranteed delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1.00pm will change to by 9.00pm the next working day*.

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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