White Swallow ‘Diamond Special’ 5-string Banjo


Custom-ordered in black Mirotone lacquer for its one owner, this White Swallow Banjo, Serial No. DS91097SK, is an outstanding example of the master-level work achieved by celebrated South Australian banjo maker, Alan Funk. Completely luthier-made, including not only the wooden parts (neck, resonator, etc) but all metal fabrication, including the tube-type tone ring casting, extremely strong yet lighter than the flat head equivalent. A stainless-steel truss rod reinforces the laminated neck, while the lag bolts that connect the neck to the rim are screwed into a brass bar embedded in the neck heel. Equivalent in tone, volume playability to any high-end banjo, this White Swallow is a professional grade instrument and represents excellent value.  The original beige-lined black hard case matches the fine condition of the banjo, and the owner’s booklet signed by the maker is in the case.

SKU: 6487 Category:

Brand: White Swallow

Maker:  Alan Funk, Reynella South Australia

Model: Diamond Special, Black Lacquer

Serial Number: DS-91097

Year: 1990s

Body size: 11-1/2″ (292mm)

Neck: Rock Maple

Fretboard: Ironbark

Tuners:  Planet

Scale length: 27″ (69 cm)

Weight: 10lbs 3oz (4.64kg )

Case: Original white lined Black Hard case

Comments: From Australia’s master banjo Maker Alan Funk (d. 2021)