Our instruments appeal to that segment of the banjo-playing community which is looking for a well-crafted, fully guaranteed, American-made banjo. Suitable for folk music, old-time string-band music, New England or Southern square-dance music, or any other style where a clean sweet sound at either a soft or loud volume is desired, the Arthur Smith banjo is unique in both workmanship and design. The only direct comparison of our instruments that can be made is to the banjos produced by the A.C. Fairbanks, Vega, S.S. Stewart, and Orpheum banjo companies at the height of the banjo making era from about 1890 to 1920. Arthur Smith banjos are in no way copies of pre-existing instruments. However, the peg head shape, pearl work, marquetries, neck laminations, and neck shape are closer to the elegant late-Victorian masterpieces than anything else made today.