A New American Stringed Musical Instrument

The banastar® is a new stringed musical instrument invented in the USA. The instrument is a fusion of elements/aspects of the 5-string banjo, bass, and guitar. banastar® is an acronym derived from the names of these three instruments.



***Important note: the fusion creates a completely NEW INSTRUMENT and ARTIST PALETTE***


While the banastar® may look similar to a guitar or bass from a distance, it is a unique instrument unto itself. Stringed instrument artisans find the configuration to be exciting and challenging. At the same time, beginners find the instrument to be very intuitive and inviting.

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The Origins Of banastar®

The banastar® was developed and created by unknown artist and inventor David Ridge. A limited number of instruments have been produced as of 2021. Currently there are several instruments available and several more in process, both electric and acoustic. banastar® is a registered US trademark. The instrument is protected by United States Patent 8319081.

artist grade electrics made in USA

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Artist Grade Electric banastar®

Quality made in the USA. Select Swamp Ash body with a Flamed Maple top. EMG electronics with Grover tuners and premium anodized hardware. Hardshell molded case included.

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Tunneled Fifth String Configuration
Unique To banastar®

The unique string configuration presented by the banastar® provides a new and innovative palette for both finger-pickers and flat-pickers.

Acoustic And Electric banastar® Instruments

Currently there are both electric and acoustic banastar® instruments in production. As of 2021 there are a limited number of banastar® instruments available. If you are interested in obtaining an instrument for your collection, contact us today.

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