I’ve been playing this banjo for the past year or so. It shows normal signs of playing wear, and is well settled in… and is offered at a softer price. Currently is set up with a remo renaissance head, which responds well with the setup.
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 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 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 nicely plunky with good sustain and clarity. Responsive in lower positions and up the neck.
This banjo is on its way to a new life in Australia!
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