The Charlie Cushman Signature Series 5 String Kel Kroydon® Banjo was developed by combining the playing and set-up knowledge of Charlie Cushman with the impeccable craftsmanship of Robin Smith along with adding the Dannick Tone Ring developed by Tom Mirisola. This combination creates what Charlie calls "One Great Sounding Banjo".
Nick Kimmons brings to the Kel Kroydon Banjo line thirty years of industry experience in his craft. For the last fifteen years, Nick has been hand-engraving beautiful custom pieces exclusively for Gibson® Guitar's Bluegrass Division and other top of the line banjo builders. Nick is a perfectionist who settles for nothing less than reissue excellence.
The Sound Files below were recorded by Charlie Cushman using Charlie's Stock 2007 Kel Kroydon Signature Series Banjo. Recorded using Schoeps Mics and Grace Preamps at Battle Ridge Studios, Nashville, TN.
Phil Harris - Engineer
Mike Bub is playing a 1946
Martin Herringbone Guitar
that belongs to Tony Watt.
The YouTube videos below show Charlie Cushman playing his Original Prewar Kel Kroydon Style 11 with a Dannick No Hole Tone Ring.
The Golden Rocket
Molly & Tenbrooks
Click any thumbnail below to begin a slide show
of beautiful detail photos of Charlie's banjo.
The Charlie Cushman Signature Banjo features:
Mahogany Neck Built by Robin Smith
Kel Kroydon Peghead Shape
AMB 3 Ply Maple Rim
Gill Mfg PW Style Mahogany Resonator w/Maple Lining
Ebony Fingerboard w/Style 10 Pearl Inlay
Standard Kel Kroydon Style 10 Peghead Veneer
Standard Kel Kroydon Style 10 Resonator Veneer
Gold Engraved Dannick No Hole Tone Ring
Prewar Style Gold Plated Prucha Hardware
Engraving by Nick Kimmons
Waverly V-2 Tuners
Standard Size Frets
Timeless Old Wood .656 Bridge
Tortoise Side Dots
"Kel Kroydon" Engraved Presto Style Tailpiece
AMB Remo Head
AMB Cryogenic Strings
Prewar RB75 Color
Hard Shell Case
Free Set-Up by Charlie Cushman
The Charlie Cushman Signature Strings are also available from our store, in the Strings / Signature category. To learn more about Charlie Cushman, please visit this page.
The Style 10 Design is a Registered Trademark
of the American Made Banjo Company