Banjo #203, 12″ ash-$1015

This banjo has a white ash rim, neck and Romero-style armrest, with a hop-hornbeam fretboard and a curly ash peghead overlay.  This is the first banjo I have made from darker colored ash boards. I don’t know why some ash trees are white all the way through and some have dark areas in the center of the trunk. All of the wood in this banjo except the bridge came from trees that grow here where I live, that I cut down and made into boards at the sawmill. I will sell the banjo without the armrest for $30 less if it isn’t wanted.  This banjo has a Renaissance head on a 12″ block rim with a wood tone ring profile and ash rim cap.  The scale length is 25-1/2″ and the nut is 1-3/8″ wide.  The neck has a two way truss rod accessed from the heel, brass dots, EVO fret wire, Gotoh tuners and Corian nut and pip.  I made the Van Eps style tension hoop and the dowel stick yoke, the tailpiece, tuners and head came from Smakula Fretted Instruments, and the rest of the hardware came from Balsam Banjo Works.   The finish is Tru Oil.  There is a brass plate on the dowel stick with the banjo number and such on it.  The banjo is currently set up with a tall 5th string nut to raise the 5th to the level of the other strings, but I can shorten the nut so the string rests on the 5th fret if desired.  I can also add 5th string spikes for $5 each.  If you would prefer a Fiberskyn head I can install one at no extra cost. If you want a case with this banjo I can ship it in a Superior bump case, model CD-1536, for $150.

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