Banjo # 018 – Sapele Mahogany – 12″ Dobson style tone ring

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Beartown Banjo #018 – sapele mahogany / paduak – 12″ pot with “Dobson-style” tone ring.

Banjo #018 is the first of the Beartown 12″ Mahogany “Dobson-style” tone ring. This banjo has an 12″  block rim of sapele mahogany with a Dobson style tone ring. Rim cap, heel cap and accent rim layer are paduak. Neck is 2 piece sapele with a thin black center laminate and is equipped with a dual action truss rod accessible at the heel.

Fingerboard is oiled chechen (aka “caribbean rosewood” or “black poisonwood”).  Headstock laminate (front and back) are  Paduak with a headstock inlay of curly maple, black walnut and mother of pearl. Instrument is finished with a penetrating oil finish. Banjo is set up with nickle hardware and nickle Gotoh planetary tuners, curved Beartown bridge and shop mounted goatskin 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. The tone is full and powerful with punchy upper range and full low notes.

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!!

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Banjo #014 Curly Maple, Black Walnut, Dobson style tone ring

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Banjo #014 Curly Maple / Black Walnut

This banjo has an 11″  block rim of curly Maple with a Dobson style tone ring. Rim cap and accent rim layer are Black Walnut. Neck is 3 piece laminate of curly maple and black walnut with a dual action truss rod accessible at the heel.

Fingerboard is oiled Jatoba.  Headstock laminate (front and back) and heelcap are  black walnut 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 shop mounted goatskin 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 bright 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.

Price including hard shell case: $1675 direct from Beartown Banjo

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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!!

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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 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 padauk laminate layer and headstock has a padauk 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

Price $1675 including hard shell case direct from Beartown Banjo

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

Price $1425 including hard shell case direct from Beartown Banjo

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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.

Price $1425 including hard shell case direct from Beartown Banjo

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