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The Origins Of banastar®

The banastar® was developed by inventor David Ridge. David's musical experience includes decades of association with various stringed musical instruments including violin, banjo, mandolin, dobro, guitar, and bass. The banastar® is a fusion of elements from three of the aforementioned stringed instruments (the 5-string banjo, bass, and guitar). The word banastar® is an acronym derived from the names of the three instruments within the 'recipe' or mashup. The word banastar® is a registered United States trademark. The instrument is also protected by United States Patent 8319081.

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Why We Are Here

To introduce the banastar® to the world. The goal is to make a valuable contribution to the music world at large.


  • Introduce The banastar®


  • Increase Production


  • Complete Limited Number Of ™ Designated Models


  • Introduce New Acoustic And Acoustic-Electric Models

Early Production

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Walnut & Ash

Early parts milled from select walnut, ash, and mahogany.

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Grain Patterns

Select tonewoods offer superior sound and appearance.

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Dark Walnut

Select walnut body is desirable for tone and aesthetics.

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Milled Parts

Completed neck and body parts freshly milled.

Born in the high country
of the ancient Appalachians

About The Players:

The first prototypes were initially revealed to several musicians: Rodney Queen, David Hill, Joe Smith, and Boyce Baker. For a short period of time, jam sessions were held with David Hill (guitar), Joe Smith (drums/percussion/harmonica), Boyce Baker (bass), and David Ridge (banastar).
More recently, the following musicians now own or have played banastar®:
Rodney Queen (banastar, guitar, bass), Kirby Smith (mandolin), Tim Fogarty (banastar, bass, and guitar), Kay Lain (banastar), and David Ridge (banastar).

Our goal is to produce updated recordings as soon as possible.

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