Eddie Peabody, a phenomenal Plectrum Banjo player, approached
Rickenbacker back in the mid-60's to develop a
hybrid Banjo-Guitar. The "Banjoline" was born and solely developed with a guitar player in mind.
What is a Plectrum Banjo/Guitar?
The Banjoline has six strings arranged in four courses with
a scale length similar to a plectrum banjo. The
two lowest courses consist of pairs of two strings and the two
highest courses consist of two single strings. The Banjoline
was intended to be tuned like a Plectrum Banjo.
It has a tuning of CcGGBD. The Deluxe Banjoline, as seen here, wasn't made
in large numbers and is very rare.
Eddie Peabody helped to bring the banjo back to the forefront of entertainment.
Notable Banjoline players include
John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Roger (Jim) McGuinn.
Stuart, formerly of the group, The Bluetunes said... "The Banjoline was very rare back in 1966. I
used it in a few Elvis movies. The Bluetunes opened for the
Beatles at Madison Square Gardens. I could
hardly pry it out of Lennon's hands after the show."