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.