Smithsonian Collections

Huron Mountain Banjo

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Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History
Description
This five-string fretless banjo was made by John Huron in Bristol, Tennessee in 1996. It is a “Mountain Banjo” and bears the serial number MB-042. It has a cherry wood body, rosewood tuners and tailpiece, and a groundhog hide head.

John Huron is a builder and player of a variety of historical instruments. He has combined music, history, and folklore in classes and demonstrations throughout the United States to preserve the heritage of Appalachian instruments and music.
Location
Currently not on view
Maker
Huron, John
Date Made
1996
Credit Line
Gift of William D. Crisp
Measurements
overall: 37 1/2 in x 9 3/4 in x 2 in; 95.25 cm x 24.765 cm x 5.08 cm
Object Type
banjo