Griffin Banjos 'Fantail' Openback 5 String Banjo

  • £1,250.00

Handmade in American Cherry and Ebony in the UK by James Bowen. The Griffin 'Fantail' has the unusual fanned frets design giving the lowers string a longer scale then the shorter higher pitched ones. Superbly made with real attention to detail. See below for specs
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  • Description
  • Delivery and Returns

Buy your Griffin Banjos 'Fantail' Openback 5 String Banjo 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 build quality and specification of the Griffin Fantail is as follows.


  • Ebony facing
  • Pearl Griffin Logo
  • Pearl Griffin nameplate
  • Gotoh planetary tuners


  • Bookmatched American Cherry with centre strip
  • Bound ebony and Ivroid fingerboard
  • 22 fanned frets design
  • Bone 5th string nut
  • Bone nut
  • Full set of Griffin MkII inlays
  • MOP Sphinx logo on 21st fret
  • Double acting truss rod
  • Ebony heel cap 


  • Rigid block construction
  • Decorative binding with walnut capping
  • Herringbone detailing


  • Rolled Brass Tone Ring
  • Cast notched tension hoop
  • 24 Hooks, shoes and Vega style nuts
  • Griffin stainless tailpiece
  • Griffin stainless co-ordinating rods
  • Snuffy Smith bridge
  • Remo Renaisance head
  • Fitted with Eagle Puretone strings


An excellent hand built high quality banjo.


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
Supplied with Case/Gig Bag None
Manufacturers Warranty 1 Year
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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