Pisgah Banjos is excited to announce another chance to win a very unique custom banjo! Raffle tickets are $20 each and all proceeds will benefit the Arnold Shultz Fund, a grant program dedicated to people of color pursuing traditional old-time and bluegrass music. This year $10,000 of these funds will be designated for the Black Banjo Reclamation Project to support a gourd banjo building workshop. The goal is to sell 2,000 tickets and raise $40,000.

Click here to purchase raffle tickets, beginning February 1. Ticket sales will end on February 28. The raffle prize will be a custom built Pisgah Banjo, made from sustainably harvested Appalachian hardwoods. New on the prize banjo this year is a copper frailing scoop with an image of Arnold Shultz etched on it.  The banjo is valued at $2,500.

Pisgah Banjos chose to benefit the Arnold Shultz Fund as a way to help reappropriate the history of the banjo. They hope this encourages the banjo community and beyond to discover the early history of the banjo, which was created by the descendants of enslaved Africans in the Caribbean.

The month of February was chosen to coincide with Black History Month. Tickets are $20 each and there is an unlimited quantity. The more tickets you purchase, the better your chance to win. Tickets will be placed in a bucket and a name drawn in March via Facebook live. The Pisgah Banjo Company has raised $59,460 so far for the Arnold Shultz Fund through banjo raffles.

Banjo Specs:
Scale: 25.5″
Rim: 12″ Curly Maple
Neck: Curly Maple
Fingerboard: Richlite with side dots and copper face dots
Peghead: Slotted
Head: REMO Renaissance w/PBCO logo
Tailpiece: Pisgah Hawktail
Scoop: S scoop with engraved brass plate featuring Arnold Shultz
Heel: Folk
Tone ring: Dobson
Bridge: Walnut/persimmon Mulheron
Hardware: Aged brass
Tuners: High quality brass Gotoh
Strings: PBCO clawhammer medium gauge
More info: https://www.pisgahbanjos.com/product/arnoldshultzraffle2023/

RETURN to the February 1, 2023 issue of The Cornerstone.