Luke Mercier is a master violin and banjo maker based in Spring Brook, Ontario. He is one of the finest violin-family instrument restorers in Canada, but is steadily gaining a reputation for his finely crafted banjos. Luke specializes in crafting modern versions of American banjos built in the second half of the 19th century. You can learn more about this remarkable builder through his website:

Offered here is a custom-built left-handed fretless model, based, on an early A.C. Fairbanks instrument. The ¼” thick rim is built of two plies of cherry, with an outer ply of Indian rosewood. It measures 12.25” across and 2-1/8” deep. The double-pointed wall brackets are reproductions of original Fairbanks pieces and the pyramid nuts are reproduced castings from originals dating to circa 1870. The instrument’s single-piece neck and dowel-stick are hand carved of Walnut, with a rosewood veneer fingerboard with flush violin purfling frets. Ebony friction tuners and a simple 8-pointed star adorn the headstock, while a hand-carved bone tailpiece and gut hanger fasten on the end of the dowel-stick. The instrument is finished in a traditional rubbed varnish. 25.7” scale.

Luke’s masterful craftsmanship is immediately apparent, as is his commitment to authenticity and tasteful ornamentation. The banjo is as beautiful to look at as it is to hear.

This gently used instrument is in nearly perfect condition and shows no playwear.

With padded soft-shell case.

We are located in Canada. US prices are approximate. Please contact us for current US pricing and shipping details.

Folkway Music

Folkway Music

Luke Mercier
15 Year Member
Folkway Music
Waterloo, ON
9:33 AM
Folkway is open from 11 AM to 6 PM Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday.

Folkway Music accepts Visa, Mastercard, money order, bank transfer, or cash.

Folkway Music ships internationally. On applicable instruments, we'll help acquire the CITES permits that may be needed as quickly as possible. We most frequently use FedEx, but can arrange to ship with any carrier, at a customers request.

Folkway Music offers a 48 hour approval period. We will refund your payment if you are not 100% satisfied with your instrument. All shipping costs are non-refundable, however, and are the responsibility of the purchaser.