Banjo #39, mahogany 12″, brass hardware-$865

 

This banjo was made in November 2016.  I had some trouble with the flash in these pictures, but we don’t get enough natural light at this time of year most days to avoid using it.  There is not as much variation in the color of the mahogany as the pictures show, though the neck is made from a piece that was much lighter than the pot and dowel stick.   This banjo has a 12″ mahogany rim, 5/8″ thick with a Renaissance head.  I made the brass tension hoop which is Van Eps style with holes instead of notches.  The neck has a 1-3/8″ wide Corian nut, hickory fretboard with scoop, EVO fretwire and brass position dots.  The heel cap and peghead overlay are spalted beech.  There is a two way truss rod accessed through the heel as on all of my banjos.   The tuners are Gotoh raw brass.  All the rest of the brass hardware came from Balsam Banjo Works except the tailpiece.  The scale length is 25-1/2″.  To see a video demo of this banjo please follow the link below:

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