Banjo #013 Black Walnut, Curly Maple, Jatoba with Dobson Tone Ring

Banjo #013 Curly Maple / Black Walnut / Jatoba

This banjo has an 11″  block rim of curly Maple. Rim cap is Black Walnut, as is the upper rim layer, which supports brass Dobson style tone ring. Neck is 3 piece laminate of black walnut with a dual action truss rod accessible at the heel.

Fingerboard is oiled Jatoba.  Headstock laminate (front and back) and heelcap are  Jatoba (“Brazilian Cherry”) with a headstock inlay of curly maple and mother of pearl. Instrument is finished with a penetrating oil finish. Banjo is set up with brass hardware and brass Gotoh planetary tuners, curved Beartown bridge and Elite fiberskin head.

Set up is with a modest frailing scoop level with the head. Scale is 25.5″ with 19 frets. 5th string nut is at the 5th fret.  Tone is pure and ringing, with good sustain and clarity. Responsive in lower positions and up the neck.

With a 25.5″ scale this banjo can easily be tuned to G/C or A/D.

This Banjo is on display (and for sale) at Ithaca Guitar Works  215 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY   Stop in to take a look, and give it a play!!

Beartown Banjo #013
Pot: 11” curly maple with black walnut cap and beveled top layer
Tone Ring: spun brass Dobson style
Brass Hardware: 18 brackets, double-pointed shoes, grooved tension hoop, bacon style nuts, Pigsah
Hawk tailpiece, Gotoh tuners.
Neck: 3 piece laminated black walnut, 2 way truss rod adjustable at heel, ¾ inch dowel stick with brass horseshoe fastener
Fingerboard: Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) 25.5 inch scale, Evo gold fretwire
Bridge: custom curved Beartown Bridge (maple/ebony)
Trim: figured black walnut heel cap with Jatoba laminate, Jatoba headstock laminate on top and bottom
Ornamentation: mother of pearl side markers, headstock crescent planet of mother of pearl and Curly Maple
Strings: GHS 10-11-15-24PB-10
Build date: August 20th, 2018

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Banjo #012 Cherry, Purpleheart, Brass Tone Ring

Banjo #012 Cherry – Purpleheart – Black Locust – Brass Tone Ring

This banjo has an 11″ block rim of cherry. Rim cap is purpleheart, and the upper rim layer is black locust, which supports brass rod style tone ring. Neck is 3 piece laminate ofcherry and purpleheart with a graphite fiber neck rod.Fingerboard is oiled purpleheart with EVO gold fretwire.  Headstock and heel are black locust with a paduak laminate layer and headstock has a paduak and mother of pearl inlay. Instrument is finished with a penetrating oil finish. Banjo is set up with brass hardware and brass Gotoh planetary tuners, curved Beartown bridge and Elite fiberskin head.

Set up is with a modest frailing scoop level with the head. Scale is 25.5″ with 19 frets. 5th string nut is at the 5th fret. Tone is pure and ringing, with good sustain and clarity. Responsive in lower positions and up the neck.

With a 25.5″ scale this banjo can easily be tuned to G/C or A/D.

This Banjo is on display (and for sale) at Ithaca Guitar Works 215 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY Stop in to take a look, and give it a play!!

Beartown Banjo #012
Pot: 11” cherry with purpleheart cap and black locust beveled top layer
Tone Ring:  1/4″ brass rod
Brass Hardware: 18 brackets, double-pointed shoes, grooved tension hoop, bacon style nuts, Pigsah Hawk tailpiece, Gotoh tuners.
Neck: 3 piece laminated cherry with purpleheart center rib, carbon fiber reinforcement, ¾ inch dowel stick with brass horseshoe fastener
Fingerboard: Purpleheart 25.5 inch scale, Evo gold fretwire
Bridge: custom curved Beartown Bridge (maple/ebony)
Trim: Heel cap and headstock of black locust  with paduak laminate.
Ornamentation: mother of pearl side markers, headstock crescent planet of mother of pearl and paduak
Strings: GHS 10-11-15-24PB-10
Build date: July, 2018

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Banjo #011 Curly Maple, Black Walnut, Black Locust, Padauk

Banjo #011Curly Maple, Black Walnut, Black Locust, Padauk

This banjo has a block rim of curly Maple. Rim cap is Black Walnut, as is the upper rim layer, which supports a 1/4″ brass rod tone ring. Neck is 3 piece laminate of black walnut with Black Locust midrib. 1/8″ x 3/8″ carbon fiber reinforcement assures stiffness and stability.

Fingerboard is oiled Padauk. Headstock laminate and heelcap are figured Black Walnut with a thin Padauk veneer and a headstock inlay of black locust and mother of pearl. Instrument is finished with a penetrating oil finish.

Banjo is set up with brass hardware and brass Gotoh planetary tuners. Currently set up with a goatskin head.

Set up is with a modest frailing scoop level with the head. Scale is 25″ with 19 frets. 5th string nut is at the 5th fret. Bridge is custom Beartown curved bridge.

Tone is pure and ringing, with good sustain and clarity. Responsive in lower positions and up the neck.

With a 25″ scale this banjo can easily be tuned to G/C or A/D.

Little Billy Wilson – key of G

Rocky Mountain Goat – key of D

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Please note that this banjo has been “played in” and fine tuned by me for a few weeks and may show signs of gentle use. There has been no up-charge for the goatskin head, and this may be substituted with a fibre-skin or renaissance head if you would like.

Banjo #010 – Curly Maple, Black Walnut, Wenge

Banjo #010 – Curly Maple, Black Walnut, Wenge

This banjo has a block rim of curly maple. Rim cap is black walnut, as is the upper rim layer, which supports the Dobson style tone ring. Neck is 3 piece laminate of black walnut. 1/8″ x 3/8″ carbon fiber reinforcement assures stiffness and stability.

Fingerboard is oiled Wenge. Headstock laminate and heelcap are figured Black Walnut with an headstock inlay of Padauk and mother of pearl. Instrument is finished with a penetrating oil finish.

Banjo is set up with brass hardware and brass Gotoh planetary tuners. Currently set up with a goatskin head.

Set up is with a modest frailing scoop level with the head. Scale is 25″ with 19 frets. 5th string nut is at the 5th fret. Bridge is custom Beartown curved bridge.

Tone is pure and ringing, with good sustain and clarity. Responsive in lower positions and up the neck.

With a 25″ scale this banjo can easily be tuned to G/C or A/D.

Little Billy Wilson – key of G

Rocky Mountain Goad – Key of D

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Banjo #009 Travel Banjo Sapele-Wenge-Padauk

Banjo 009 Travel Banjo Sapele-Wenge-Padauk
Banjo 009 Travel Banjo Sapele-Wenge-Padauk

This banjo is a great companion for travel. With a 9″ pot and 20″ scale, it fits nicely in an A-style mandolin case, and is a breeze to travel with.

Pot is a block rim of Sapele with wenge rim cap and cherry top layer, supporting a 1/4 inch brass rod tone ring. Neck is Sapele, with Padauk fingerboard and Wenge headstock and heel cap.

For a small banjo, it has a nice full voice and strings are gauged for tuning in A/D. I like to muffle the strings south of the bridge with felt or rubber band. Set up with goatskin head, curved Beartown bridge.

In a group, this banjo doesn’t have the volume of an 11″ pot, but it sounds great and is sweet to play.

Includes TKL hardshell case. This is my first baby banjo and is yours for a song. 🙂

This banjo is living a new life in Australia with it’s new owner, but I can build another for you!
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Cluck Old Hen – key of A

Johnson Boys – Key of D

Banjo #008 Cherry Purpleheart Dobson Tone Ring

Banjo 008 Cherry Purpleheart Dobson Tone Ring
Banjo 008 Cherry Purpleheart Dobson Tone Ring

This banjo is the grown up cousin to Banjo <a href=”http://beartownbanjo.com/wp/product/banjo-004-cherry-purpleheart/”>#004 of Cherry and Pupleheart</a>, with the addition of a brass Dobson style tone ring. This banjo has a block rim of cherry. Rim cap is purpleheart, as is the upper rim layer, which supports the Dobson style tone ring. Neck is 3 piece laminate of cherry with mid-rib of purpleheart. 1/8″ x 3/8″ carbon fiber reinforcement assures stiffness and stability.

Fingerboard is oiled purpleheart. Headstock laminate and heelcap are also purpleheart. Instrument is finished with nitrocellulose lacquer.

Banjo is set up with brass hardware and brass Gotoh planetary tuners. Currently set up with a elite fibreskin.

Set up is with a modest frailing scoop level with the head. Scale is 25″ with 17 frets. 5th string nut is at the 7th fret. Bridge is custom Beartown 11/16″ curved bridge.

Tone is pure and ringing, with good sustain and clarity. Responsive in lower positions and up the neck.

With a 25″ scale this banjo can easily be tuned to G/C or A/D. I often keep this one in G/C where it has a particularly sweet and mellow tone.

 

Banjo #007 5+1 six string – Sapele / Cherry

Banjo #007 5+1 six string – Sapele / Cherry
Banjo #007 5+1 six string – Sapele / Cherry

This banjo is a 5+1 six string. First four strings and the short string (6th) are tuned as you would expect, 5th string (low bass) is tuned to 2 octaves below the short string. This makes for a open back banjo with a unique, room filling sound. (Think 12 string vs. 6 string guitar.)

Block rim of sapele. Rim cap is Cherry, as is the upper rim layer, which supports a 1/4 brass rod tone ring. Neck is 3 piece laminate of cherry with center rib of sapele. 1/8″ x 3/8″ carbon fiber reinforcement assures stiffness and stability. Scale is 25.5 and side peg is at the 7th fret.

Fingerboard is oiled wenge. Banjo is finished with waterborne lacquer. Banjo is set up with brass hardware and brass Gotoh planetary tuners. Currently set up with a goatskin head and 11/16 Beartown curved bridge.

Sound is somewhere between booming and ethereal with the 12″ pot, goat head and extra low string tuned 2 octaves below the 5th string.

Includes 12″ pot hard shell case.

Check out this banjo played by Cameron Dewitt with Jake Blount on fiddle:

Banjo #006 – Hard Maple / Black Walnut / Wenge with Dobson tone ring

Banjo #006 – Hard Maple / Black Walnut / Wenge with Dobson tone ring
Banjo #006 – Hard Maple / Black Walnut / Wenge with Dobson tone ring

This banjo has a block rim of hard maple.  Rim cap is black walnut, as is the upper rim layer, which supports a brass Dobson style tone ring.  Neck is 3 piece laminate black walnut.  1/8″ x 3/8″ carbon fiber reinforcement assures stiffness and stability.

Fingerboard is oiled wenge.  Headstock laminate and heelcap are also wenge.  Instrument is finished with waterborne lacquer.

Banjo is set up with  brass hardware and brass Gotoh planetary tuners. Currently set up with an “Elite” fibreskin head.  (upgrade to goat skin available)

Set up is with a modest frailing scoop level with the head. Scale is 25″ with 17 frets.  Bridge is custom Beartown 11/16″ curved bridge.

Tone is pure and ringing, with good sustain and clarity.  Responsive in lower positions and up the neck.

This is an early photo gallery early after banjo was finished.

This Banjo is SOLD and living its life in Ithaca, NY with its new owner.

This banjo was my favorite player for a year or so before it went on to its next owner.  Here’s a more recent shoot with skin head and many hours of love.

 

Banjo #005 – Sapele / Wenge with brass rod tone ring

Banjo #005 – Sapele / Wenge with brass rod tone ring
Banjo #005 – Sapele / Wenge with brass rod tone ring

This banjo has a block rim of sapele.  Rim cap is hard maple, as is the upper rim layer, which supports a 1/4 brass rod tone ring.  Neck is 3 piece laminate of sapele with center rib of hard maple.  1/8″ x 3/8″ carbon fiber reinforcement assures stiffness and stability.

Fingerboard is oiled wenge.  Headstock laminate and heelcap are also wenge.  Banjo is finished with nitrocellulose laquer.

Banjo is set up with  brass hardware and brass Gotoh planetary tuners. Initially  set up and photographed with an “Elite” fibreskin head.  Since fitted with a Remo Renaissance head, offering more precision and clarity in tone.

Set up is with a slightly deepened frailing scoop level with the head.  This raises the finger board slightly relative to the strings to provide lower action, while maintaining a more traditional frailing setup with nice clearance between strings and head.  Bridge is custom Beartown 3/4″ curved bridge.

Sound is comfortingly plunky with bell tone clarity up the neck and good sustain.  Responsive in lower positions and up the neck.

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Banjo #004 – Cherry / Purpleheart

Banjo #004 – Cherry / Purpleheart
Banjo #004 – Cherry / Purpleheart

This banjo is a sweet instrument all around.  Block rim is made up of two full layers of cherry with a thickened rim cap and tapered tone ring layer of purpleheart.  The neck is s three layer laminate of cherry with a purpleheart rib. Neck reinforcement is  1/8 x 3/8 graphite fiber epoxied in place.

Cherry is one of the less dense woods that we use, so this banjo is comfortably light and warm sounding.  The purpleheart tone ring provides clarity and definition to the tone.  Set up with moderate frailing scoop to the 15th fret,  fiberskin head, nickle plated brass hardware and nickle plated Gotoh tuners.

Fingerboard is oiled purpleheart with a beautiful whorled figure and headstock and heelcap are pupleheart as well.

This banjo is a joy to play, and sounds beautiful.

This Banjo is SOLD and is living its life in Missouri with its new owner.