We learned this week of the passing of Kentucky born master banjo maker Jimmy Cox aged 87. Jimmy lived in Topsham, Maine with his family.
Jimmy built his first banjo, a signature model Kentucky 5 in 1964 when he could not find one with a sound that he liked. Jimmy Cox continued to build banjos and other bluegrass instruments for over fifty years at The Five String Music Studio. In addition to his own line of banjos, Jimmy’s 3-ply maple rims, resonators and metal parts are used by many manufacturers of top-quality banjos throughout the world including Gibson Frank Neat Banjos, Stanleytone banjos and even our own Australian luthier Laurie Grundy of Grundy banjos.
Jimmy’s banjos are highly sought after and are played by bluegrass musicians far and wide. Ralph Stanley and Sonny Osborne also play banjos built with Cox components.
Jimmy Cox is also an inductee into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame and his two grandsons, Jeremy and Adam who have worked with Jimmy over the years machining parts and mopre recently running the business during Jimmy’s illness.