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Please note: Any orders placed between July 27th and July 31st will be shipped the week of August 3. Thank you. 

Welcome message from Bill Rickard

When I first started building banjos, I never imagined that my hobby would grow into the Rickard Banjos company that exists today. As Rickard Banjos launches its new online store and website, I would like to take this opportunity to thank both our loyal customers, and the wonderful team at the Rickard Banjos shop for countless years of support.

I have always striven to design and build high-quality products that honour both the best characteristics and traditions of old-time music instruments. You’ll notice that many of our banjo models now feature audio and video clips, and that our products are organized in a way that makes finding whatever you may need for a new build or restoration as simple as possible. Please take a look around, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your next banjo project or purchase.

Again, I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation and thanks to everyone in the community that has supported Rickard Banjos over the years. It is my hope that you will continue to find joy in the music that you make and discover. Having the opportunity to assist you on your journey would be one of my greatest pleasures.


Bill Rickard
Rickard Banjos

Rickard Banjos staff photo

  • Hugh Hunter
    November 7, 2016

    Looks good Bill. You have a new company monicer as well – very classy! I’ll see you in a month or so.

  • Loren Hicks
    November 8, 2016

    Great stuff Bill! Nice team photo, too.

  • Don Milne
    November 8, 2016

    Bill, you make the best banjo parts I the world. Thanks for your dedication to quality and service. Your efforts are very much appreciated. Sincerely, Don Milne Tui Banjos New Zealand

  • Keith Freebairn
    November 8, 2016

    Great site there all you nice folks from Banjo Heaven! I recently bought a Dobson spun over with 12″ head and antiqued pot and hardware. I have been enjoying it immensely these last few weeks. It gives me so much more capacity to shape the sound to fit any situation I enter into and I’ve only scratched the surface of what it will give me as I grow along with this great instrument. It was a lot of fun as well dealing with Sean while Bill was out West. Sean was patient and helpfull as I asked a ton of questions and asked for pictures and videos to help me zero in on my choice. When I finally decided it was sent within a couple days and was packed up well enough to withstand any reasonable abuse. Needless to say I was a very happy camper. Thanks again for a top notch instrument and great service from a friendly staff. All the best! Keith

    • Terrance C Jorgensen
      November 2, 2019

      Just added on of these to my collection. Really enjoying it

  • William Mcclean
    July 28, 2017

    Warm greetings from N,Ireland. I just recently bought a beautiful Left-handed Tenbrook Banjo, from the Deering Banjos Company, they don’t make too many! Called it Lefty.
    I have hearing problems in both ear from birth and invirtigo imbalance as well. I only started playing the Banjo! 2010.
    Warm greeting,
    Mr William Mcclean

  • Bud Melless
    September 1, 2017

    My first visit to Rickard Banjos was a real eye opener for me as was my last visit. Bill Rickard is a remarkable man and is one of the kindest, most generous men I have ever met. I mean that with all my heart because they don’t come any more genuine than Bill Rickard. Thanks also for the plant tour Bill, my dear friend Harry and I really enjoyed it.

    With regard to what you did for me in rebuilding my 35 year old Fender Leo, The modifications that you and Sean performed on it has allowed me to play it again after a lot of years away from it. The weight difference is just remarkable Bill and my back doesn’t hurt any more even after a couple of hours or more with it. It’s not only much lighter, but I’m certain it’s never sounded better than it does now.

    Thank you so much Bill for giving me back my favorite instrument. I’ll never forget what you did for me.

    From what I’ve seen, you make some beautiful banjos and guitars and I wish you continued success in all that you do at Rickard Banjos. If anyone deserves it, you do Bill.

    With kind regards,


  • Craig frailin Evans
    November 30, 2017

    You are a favorite person in the banjo community Bill. Congratulations! And thank you for continuing to be an inspiration to us all.

  • Jim Anderson
    November 30, 2017

    Way to go Bill, your story and your life should give so many people the will to over come their trials and tribulation of in their live, how big and how traumatic it may be. You Bill are the best example of courage and strength. Of any one I have
    Ever meet. Besides we are so proud to be able to say he is our Cousin.
    Jim and Jane Anderson

  • Jane Hamel
    November 30, 2017

    Looks like a great team! Your products have always been a cut above the standard! Congrats on your success!

  • Donald J Duhart
    March 23, 2020

    I received my custom (curly/tiger maple neck and custom peghead with maple leaf inlay) maple ridge banjo last week. The quality and craftsmanship is phenomenal and it was a pleasure doing business with Sean at Rickard Banjos.

    Best Regards
    Don Duhart

  • Ron Hyde , HydeMade Custom Strings
    May 30, 2020

    Thanks Bill & Crew / The Parts we ordered arrived very quickly with professional packing & tracking …&…They are the Best Quality Banjo Hardware i have see in 55 some years of Banjoing . I was a draftsman at Baldwin Piano Cincinnati in 1964 5 & 6 when they destroyed the Ode Banjo Co. and had the pleasure of creating the Baldwin engineering drawings of all the proposed models from actual Ode banjo parts . Their employee “Clyde Edwards” was a German schooled Luthier who patiently showed me how to work wood to sing &I have Been building ever since !

    June 15, 2020

    Bill, I bought a “Dobson” sight/sound unseen,unheard and could not be happier with it…I chose this because I wanted a little different sound vs my 1922 vega whyte laydie and it did not disappoint…Don’t get me wrong, I love my Whyte Laydie but Im falling in love all over again with this “Dobson”…….

  • Glenn Jones
    November 7, 2020

    Just bought my third Dobson. I’ve owned at least a dozen different brands over the years — Rickards are my favorite.

  • dion cochrane
    November 27, 2020

    Hi just got some of your 10:1 pegs . really great, They went straight onto my 1927 Bacon and Day, Silver Bell, No 1Tenor. Wonderful tuning pegs ad so easy to use. Many thanks. and best regards Dion Cochrane, here in England.

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