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LeVan banjos are made by hand here in the Northern Appalachians - one at a time and no two are exactly alike.   My primary practice is designing banjos for individual customers and each banjo I build is a prototype of that design. I’m not a mass-producer.  The closest I come to that is the NewVintage openback, which I make in small batches of 3 to 6 - but even those are not all exactly the same.   As an industrial designer, I am very familiar with mass production and have incorporated special features and hand work I know is not easily done in a factory.


LeVan banjos are built from the ground up. It’s what’s called “vertical integration”;  I don’t merely assemble them from parts purchased from other suppliers - I make most of the parts by hand in the shop.

bluegrass,   fretless,   lightweight,   banjo lute,  6-string

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Ken LeVan and LeVan banjos is now part of the Smithsonian Folkways series “North American Banjo Builders”

http://www.folkways.si.edu/conversations-with-north-american-banjo-builders-vol-4-more-north-american-banjo-builders-dvd/old-time/video/smithsonian


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LeVan Banjos are made in the USA from sustainable, non endangered materials.

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If you could line up all the different kinds of banjos I’ve made, it would make an interesting picture:

openbacks, bluegrass banjos, resonator frailing banjos, fretless banjos, banjo lutes, conversions, lightweight banjos, even a child’s A-scale.


Below is a virtual representation of some of them, made from photos of my banjos I have documented over the years.

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