NOTE: This was an early attempt at an affordable frailer. Now discontinued and superseded by the Hickler Standard Frailer.

I am developing an instrument designed from the ground up to be an excellent frailer. I am focusing on the usability and tone, with a simplified visual aesthetic for a handsome, functional banjo to satisfy the advanced player. To that end I have completed the first prototype of the No-Nonsense Frailer. YOU TUBE INTRO HERE!

For Sale: First Prototype


  • Curly Maple Neck
  • Cocobolo Fingerboard
  • Cocobolo Peghead overlay
  • Geared Tuners
  • 24-bracket Tension Hoop
  • Maple Rim with Jatoba Tonering
  • Plastic Head (note: pictured with a used head. I will substitute a new Weatherking or Fyberskin head)
  • 17 Frets and gernerous Frailing Scoop

Tone Evaluation:

Coo Coo
Last Chance
Arkansas Traveler
Flop Eared Mule


My Evaluation:

Overall sweet and bright tone.
This instrument loses some power above the seventh fret.
The sweet spot is near the tension hoop notch.
I found it very pleasing to play with my thumb over the
frailing scoop and fingers over the head.


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