A generous donor has gifted the Handmade Music School a beautiful Mac Traynham fretless banjo. We will be selling the banjo and proceeds will go to support the Handmade Music School’s Share The Music Scholarship Fund. Bids will be accepted until Wednesday, March 13, 2024 @ 6:00 PM.

Mac Traynham Fretless Banjo
Mac Traynham Fretless Banjo

INTERESTED BIDDERS MAY INSPECT THIS BANJO BY CALLING THE FLOYD COUNTRY STORE AT 540-745-4563 AND SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT.

All proceeds from this auction benefit the Handmade Music School at the Floyd Country Store. The funds will go toward new instruments for the new Handmade Music School Youth String Band Program launching in 2024.

ABOUT MAC TRAYNHAM:

Mac Traynham of Floyd County became interested in handmade instruments in 1975 when he commissioned a friend build him a Gibson RB-100 copy on which to play a three finger style of bluegrass. He became even  more interested after commissioning Wayne Henderson to build him a Martin D-28 style guitar in 1976.

Mac was attracted to beautiful woods and became a serious player of Southwest Virginia style clawhammer banjo music. Mac built his first banjo in 1978 using  recycled birdseye maple flooring that had been previously made into a door.  During the late 70’s and early 80’s, he continued to make banjos and was part of an instrument makers seminar at the 1981 National Folk Festival.

Being interested in all aspects of instrument making and playing, he visited the shops of and got tips from many of the area’s renown instrument makers including  Olen Gardner, Kyle Creed, Arthur Conner, Albert Hash, and Wayne Henderson.  Over the years, he has experimented with  classic tone designs and today is known for  making beautiful banjos that have a superior tone.

He has made over 150 banjos , 13 banjo ukes, and one Gibson L-00 style guitar.

Come by The Floyd Country Store to play the banjo or we will be posting it online as well and are willing to ship it to anywhere in the US! Check out more of Mac’s work here: http://mactraynham.com/.