Weaver Banjos

Illustrations by Pat Doyle

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1   Curved Heel (spoon shaped)

Early long heel starting at about the 12th fret

Narrow heel shape starts at about the 10th fret.

2 Fifth string 'Pip' is a separate piece of wood let
into the fingerboard.

Position of the date of manufacture.


Head Shapes.

Early shape = 65mm at widest point, 130mm long.

Later shape = 70mm at widest point, 13Omm long.

5 Early hoop.

Detail of internal nut - Bent hook - Squared and tapered nut
- separate ball.

6 Later hoop.

Large internal hexagonal nut - Straight hook
- Straight sided, squared nut incorporating ball.

7 Weaver vellum tightening spanner

Wooden tailpiece. - showing five holes for strings and
two larger holes for heavy gut string to anchor tailpiece.


Knotted gut tied to un-drilled mushroom bolt
securing perch-pole and wooden tailpiece.

10 Weaver metal tailpiece.

Metal tailpiece fixed with bolt through hexagonal
drilled nut (nut secures perch-pole)

12 Wood Hoop Detail
13 J.A. Turner Hoop Detail
14 Wedge Plate
15 Tuning Pegs

NB Frets on 12" hoops - usually 19. On the 28.5" scale there are 20. On Weaver made CE 'Special' there are sometimes 21.

A lot of Weavers have a second fret sloped forwards on the treble side to act in a similar fashion to the 'split' fret Windsor (among others) to help keep the banjo in tune.