Ventana Freya Sycamore Banjolele
This banjolele is handmade by our own Master Craftsman, Martijn Stiphout, in Aptos, California. It's named after wood used in its construction and the first name, Freya, of Martijn's baby daughter.
The banjolele is a four-stringed instrument with a small, banjo-type body and a fretted ukulele neck. The earliest known banjoleles were built in 1917.
The instrument reached peak popularity in the 1920s and '30s. It combines the tuning and playing style of a ukulele with the construction and distinctive tone of a banjo. The sound is similar to a uke, only louder.
This one has a 15-inch scale length. It is tuned in fourths and intonated to the octave high G.
This instrument is made entirely from reclaimed wood. The back and sides are sycamore from the Santa Cruz Guitar Company. The sound board is reclaimed sycamore from a local source. The neck is Honduras mahogany from SCGC.
The nut is made of padauk from a Santa Cruz-based spear gun maker and ebony from the Santa Cruz Guitar Company. The bridge and tail piece are made of the same ebony. The strap button is padauk.
The fret board is made of reclaimed flame maple from SCGC with inlayed padauk from spear gun manufacturing and ebony and maple from SCGC. The inlay on the fret board matches stringers on Ventana surfboards.
The Ventana logo and other pieces of information about the instrument are engraved on small discs inside the body. These are made of Spanish cedar and give off the scent of a cigar box.
The name Freya is inlaid with black-tinted, Super Sap epoxy from Entropy Resins, the same, tree sap-based resin we use to glass our surfboards and handplanes. And, the instrument is hand rubbed with organic oil and wax.
There are ebony position markers on the fret board and decorative purfling from SCGC on the end.
This instrument comes with a stand made of charred, whisky barrels from Venus Spirits that are used to make their award-winning Wayward Whiskey. Two brass prongs hold the instrument in place.
Strum out some surf tunes and island sounds at your next post-surf bonfire or beach party!