I'd pass on this one. Per his own webpage :
Originally Posted by Quickstep
Laminated poplar doesn't scream authentic to me, but lamination did exist back then. However, plastic head and plastic strings do not pass muster. Go to Tim Twiss' Minstrel Banjo (ning) forum. Several manufacturers hang there because buyers can be found there.
Our STANDARD MINSTREL BANJO comes with a laminated 12” poplar pot with your choice of Cherry or Black Walnut veneer on the outside. The neck is made of solid Cherry or Black Walnut. It comes with Remo 12” Fiberskyn head and Nylgut Minstrel strings.
Regarding poplar as a wood choice, I once spoke to a banjo manufacturer who once made a banjo entirely out of poplar because the wood was cheap and readily available. Took it to one event. He was so displeased with it, he burned it. The entirely poplar banjo was too soft and absorbed all the vibration from the strings.
"While the original battle [Gettysburg] may arguably be considered the epicenter of the history of the war, the GAC reenactment is not the epicenter of the hobby. To confuse or equate the two is unfortunate. - Bernard Biederman, 6 July 2012
"Authenticity conflicts occur when reenactors from one end of the spectrum attend events at the other end of the spectrum then try to impose their own standards instead of event standards."