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The Yates "Carnegie"

The sound Earl had on the 1962 Carnegie Hall recordings


   This mahogany banjo was designed to look and sound like the old 1934 Granada icon treasured banjo that we all know s well. At one point, that banjo had a mahogany neck, so this banjo was inspired from it.

    In tying to recreate these old treasures, we replicated the hand made inlays of a to capture even the imperfections of that time period. These old inlays were without perfect symmetry and it captured the real hands on look. Today we use CNC to cut our inlays, but the patterns were straight from the past. With that basic exception, almost everything else is hand made by Warren Yates.

     These banjos have the ability to sound far bigger than their physical measurements dictate. They are cannons with tone to spare, and dry, meaning no unwanted overtones to cancel sound. These banjos cut through the fog and carry sound over great distances in their own range as not to step on the other instruments in the band. You "CAN" have that $1,000,000 sound at a fraction of the cost.


  • Mahogany Neck (Sunken Wood)

  • YatesAged Maple Rim

  • YatesAged Resonator (short L-brackets)

  • Yates gold plated Prewar 20 hole Tone Ring

  • All parts distressed to look and feel old

  • Waverly Tuners

  • Yates made Cam Tuners

  • Hard Shell Case


Price $6200 with D-tuners