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 of cherry 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.
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
Build date: July, 2018
Sound Files coming soon…