Banjo #175, walnut resonator -$1600

This is the first resonator banjo that I’ve built to have in stock. I’ve been making all of the parts for a while and in the summer of 2020 I made a complete custom banjo, but I’ve been wanting to try making a classic resonator banjo for a while and I finally made time to get it done. This banjo has a walnut neck, block rim, armrest and resonator, with curly maple binding and trim and a rosewood fretboard with pearl dots. The pot hardware came from First Quality Music/Sullivan Banjos and includes their Pre-War Style 20 hole flathead tone ring, Prucha flange, tailpiece and tension hoop, and double coordinator rods. The resonator lugs and screws and the two way truss rod are from Stew-Mac. The head, strings and Gotoh tuners came from Bob Smakula. The nut is Corian, 1-1/4″ wide, the scale length is 26-3/16″, and the neck profile is slimmer than I make my open back banjo necks. The bridge is 5/8″, made from persimmon. The resonator back is made from solid walnut in the Vega manner, but to Masterclone dimensions. The finish is Tru Oil, like all my instruments. I can install railroad spikes for the 5th string for $5 each, and I can ship this banjo in a Musician’s Friend case for $50 extra. The case is new in that it has never been out of the storage room, but it’s been in there a couple of years, so it’s not quite new in that sense. To see a video demo of this banjo please follow the link below. I apologize in advance for my lack of bluegrass playing skills.

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