Custom Five-String Banjo #7 54

Completed February, 2008

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I built this lightweight bluegrass banjo for myself, as a relief for my ailing, aching back, but it was subsequently bought by a good friend and great singer and guitar picker from the Baltimore area -- who is rapidly becoming a great banjo picker as well. This banjo is inspired by the old Gibson RB100 instruments with a brass-rod tone ring. I used a slightly heavier rod, and mated it to a hard maple segmented rim, and the sound exceeded anything I'd anticipated. The new owner plays out in jam situations, and reports that other banjo pickers are always asking if they can pull off the back to see how it's built. And how about that curly mahogany resonator?

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