Ardea open-back banjos are carefully crafted, handmade instruments that, while inspired by the past, are at the same time informed by modern banjo playing. Featuring wood species and materials thoughtfully chosen for their beauty, sustainability, stability, and tonal properties, Ardea distills down these considerations to create high-quality and highly-enjoyable open-back banjos.

Ardea banjos tend to be made from woods that are either domestic species from eastern North America or have been salvaged from a variety of reclaimed items like furniture and building materials.

#001 – 11″ Walnut and Brass Open-back Banjo

This 11″ open-back banjo features a block rim and neck laminate cut from a single slab of black walnut. The sugar maple rim cap and center stripe in the neck accentuate the contrast between the maple and walnut and the sugar maple tone ring gives the instrument a sweet, mellow and plunky tone.


  • 11″ pot
  • 25.5″ scale length
  • Walnut and maple neck
  • Walnut block rim
  • Maple tone ring
  • Maple rim cap
  • 100% recycled Richlite fretboard
  • Frailing scoop
  • Ebony nut
  • Maple and ebony bridge
  • Asymmetrical heal carve
  • 10:1 Gotoh tuners
  • 2-way truss rod
  • Remo renaissance head
  • 18-hook brass tension hoop
  • All brass hardware
  • Brass inlays and side dots
  • No-knot tailpiece