I met Phil many years ago and have always admired his work. His professional attitude, attention to detail and friendly demeanour set him apart from other instrument makers. I am proud to own a 'Davidson instrument', handcrafted by Phil and his lovely wife Fiona. This is an 'A' scale banjo, the same as a regular 5 string but with a shorter scale length and so is usually tuned up to open A. It is built around a copy Vega Tubaphone tone ring, made by my late father.

The craftsmanship is beautiful, the tone, like a fruity mulled wine with a hint of ginger that bites back!

Check out Phil's website, or better yet give him a call and go try something. I promise you won't regret it. Good luck, JB.

Hello, I’m Phil Davidson, I have been handcrafting fine instruments for over twenty five years,

beginning with banjos and diversifying to mandolins and guitars.


Difficulties in sourcing quality hardware has led me to produce my own design mandolin and guitar

tailpieces, and scalloped and top-tension banjo hoops, made and nickel plated in house. Learning the

trade repairing and restoring damaged and well-worn instruments, I discovered very early on that

“Quality is never an accident” (John Ruskin).


My dedication is to produce instruments of superior quality while maintaining realistic price levels.


All of the instruments are hand built by Phil and Fiona Davidson, and are available to order.

To see our range of quality imported instruments (click here).

Limited repair service available, please enquire by e-mail. phil@davidsoninstruments.com

or visit our website. davidsoninstruments.com