Welcome to Vance Banjos.

I build custom hand crafted banjos. Custom orders are welcome and encouraged.

I want to build the most beautiful banjo, in all aspects of appearance, functionality and, most of all, tone. Customizable and unique standard features combine with hand cut inlay to make a truly beautiful instrument to identify with for many years to come.

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*For your viewing pleasure, please take a virtual stroll through the Gallery link in the Menu. Be aware that I am still working on the gallery. Enjoy and check back as I am updating with new images and banjos for sale.


Banjos available FOR SALE 

I have some 12" Ammonite torch banjo models available. Click the picture or title here or navigate to For Sale in menu. All three of these VB12 open back banjos are beautiful and sound great with the full rich 12'' sound. Special features include the VB Ammonite Torch inlay, each the same design but no one alike. The ammonites are true fossils and incredibly beautiful with depth and fine lines. A comfy matching VB wooden armrest and a truss rod cover that utilizes a strong magnet for attachment, no screws ! 

Three banjos available in the 'for sale' Store. Featuring VB's Ammonite Torch 

Three banjos available in the 'for sale' Store. Featuring VB's Ammonite Torch 


Vance banjos in the Smithsonian Folkways archives. 

Colin Vance is one of 38 select Builders included in the North American Banjo Builder Series. Filmed entirely on location by Craig Evans, there are four volumes in the DVD Series: Banjo Builders East of the Mississippi (Volume 1), Banjo Builders West of the Mississippi (Volume 2), Conversations with Banjo Historians (Volume 3) and More Conversations with North American Banjo Builders (Volume 4). Smithsonian Folkways has created the "Instrument Builder Collection" to permanently house the Series for posterity.