Steve Martin Banjo
Martin and I have been friends since high school in 1960.
years later, In 1970, we were both living in Laurel Canyon,
was singing and carving and Steve was writing for the Smother's
Brothers TV show. Steve started talking to me about making
him a solid body (non-electric) banjo.
had some other projects in the works, so I kind of put him
off. Then I found a motorcycle I wanted to buy. The Harley
was $500.I called Steve and said, "I'll carve your
banjo for $250... if you'll pay me in advance and loan me
another $250." He agreed, gave me the $500. I bought
the Harley and the wood.
About a week later, I was hired to play the lead role in
the first national tour of the musical "HAIR".
I told Steve the banjo was going to happen, but it would
take longer than I originally thought.He said, "O.K."
For the next couple of years, I worked on this banjo in
my spare time in hotel rooms all over the United States
The body is walnut. The back of the peghead is an eagle.The
back of the neck is a history of American war (revolutionary,
civil, indian, "Old Ironsides", W.W.I - bi-planes,
W.W.II - Iwo Jima, & the atomic bomb) A mushroom cloud
sweeps into the "Mountain Whiporwhill"scene with
cornicopias, angels, a banjo & a fiddle on the body's
face is covered with white suede. The front of the peghead
is inlaid with a take off of the Martin guitar logo... "S.G.Martin-
est. 1945" The fingerboard is inlaid with a sort of