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Welcome to DeCava Banjos!

As I've often told banjo playing friends and customers, that while I have been focusing my work primarily on the making of hand carved archtop guitars and mandolins over the last twenty years, I have never been without a banjo project of some kind since the 1970's, when I was with Liberty Banjo Company.

While I focus mainly on custom work, I am offering a few open back models at this time, and hope to add other styles down the road.

I'm adding some photos and stories about Liberty as I go along, and encourage anyone with memories of the shop on Main Street to let me share them via this website.

*** Special Limited Learning Opportunity ***

I am now offering limited one on one building classes for those in the local area (southwestern Connecticut). Email me or call for more information

***Click here for "Banjo Building Course" Details***

Repairs & Restorations

We are constantly doing banjo repairs and restorations, pretty much everything from setups, fretwork, and neck resets to replacing fingerboards and missing pegheads (it happens).

I have also made repro. necks for vintage banjos by Vega, Fairbanks, Paramount, Bacon and Day, Yosco, Dobson, Van Eps, etc.

If you would like some work done to your banjo, email me or call, and I will give you a cost estimate then, or will work one out for you. Many times photographs of your instrument will answer a multitude of questions that I might otherwise need to ask you.

A minimum charge of $250 will apply to all repair and custom work, although, if you're local and can drop in, I have no qualms about installing a few railroad spikes or other minor things, depending on my work load.


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DeCava Banjos
Phone: 203-243-4036
Email Us: jim@decavabanjos.com

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