KET highlights banjo maker Frank Neat

Banjo players all over the world know the name of Frank Neat, Kentucky luthier and builder of banjos and custom banjo necks of the highest quality.

Many aficionados of the five string first noticed Frank when Ralph Stanley was marketing a Stanleytone model banjo at his shows starting in the mid 1970s. These were made by Neat, complete with Dr. Ralph’s favored arch top tone ring. Frank’s reproduction necks are also very popular for five string conversions of tenor and plectrum banjos.

In this new video segment from Kentucky Educational Television, we get a chance to meet Frank Neat, visit his shop, and hear from some of his celebrity endorsers.


KET lists this video as part 1 of a series on luthiers in the commonwealth.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.