Ventana Freya Schwan Cherry Banjolele
This banjolele is handmade by our own Master Craftsman, Martijn Stiphout, in Aptos, California. It's named after wood used in its construction and the first name, Freya, of Martijn's baby daughter.
The banjolele is a four-stringed instrument with a small, banjo-type body and a fretted ukulele neck. The earliest known banjoleles were built in 1917.
The instrument reached peak popularity in the 1920s and '30s. It combines the tuning and playing style of a ukulele with the construction and distinctive tone of a banjo. The sound is similar to a uke, only louder.
This one has a 15 inch scale length. It is tuned in fourths and intonated to the octave, high G.
Each Ventana Musical Instrument comes with a matching, reclaimed wood wall mount.
The sound board is made of old growth, redwood floorboards from the 1880s reclaimed from the Schwan Mansion in Santa Cruz, California. The fret board is teak from the leg of an old table donated by Tyler Hopkins of Locus Surfboards.
The bridge, nut and tail piece are ebony offcuts from the Santa Cruz Guitar Company. The headstock veneer is Indian rosewood, also from the Santa Cruz Guitar Company. The neck, back, sides and strap button are cherry offcuts from a local cabinet shop. There is also a stripe of SCGC purfling on the bottom edge.
The name Freya is inlaid with crushed turquoise provided to us by Lucky Brand Jeans for the creation of the clover in the fin on their commissioned Ventana surfboard.
Strum out some surf tunes and island sounds at your next post-surf bonfire or beach party!
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