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