A History of the Life of J. French

An Essay on the Banjos of J. French

Photo Gallery of J. French Banjos

J. French banjos were manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio, from about 1873 until about 1900. This web site presents the findings of my ongoing research into French's life, and catalogs extant J. French instruments. This site is a work in progress, and will eventually include much more information and content.

I am interested in hearing from anyone who has a J.French banjo or knows any information about French's life or history. Please contact me at andrew.f@wildblue.net with any information or questions.

Other Cleveland Instruments:

Harp Guitar by Henry G. Tabbert

Mandolin by William Wing

Unusual guitar, possibly by Charles W. Dunn

KeyKord Instruments