I am pretty sure that Kenny's Signature Model WIlliams is almost exactly the same as the one that he plays. Same woods, ring, rim, bridge, strings, hardware etc. I think that the only difference is that Kenny has a slightly wider neck as he has very large hands.
"If the woman is alive at the end of the song, it ain''t Bluegrass".
Ron, I had the great experience of meeting Kenny Ingram at last weekend's Wickenburg, AZ Bluegrass Festival. He was nice enough to bring Rhonda and the rest of the Rage with him to the festival and indoor concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Kenny played my Williams S/N 001 Kenny Ingram model banjo and his S/N 000 prototype banjo for me backstage prior to the Saturday evening concert. Kenny had played S/N 001 in June of 2007 when it was new. I was amazed at how very similar the banjos sounded. Kenny's head was a little tighter which made it a bit brighter. Kenny commented on the great job that Arthur Hatfield had done on the 001 neck which is hand shaped to Kenny's specifications. It felt just like the neck on his 000 banjo.
When Will Williams builds and sets up a banjo containing the best available parts (Burlile, Hatfield, Cox, Gill, etc.) it yields the best consistency from instrument to instrument that can be attained. While every instrument is unique, the amount of variablilty is much less.
There are quite a number of other skilled luthiers who are achieving excellent results with a mix of some of the same, and other high quality components.
There's only one Kenny Ingram though. Case closed!!!
Ron, if your thinking about a Williams - Kenny Ingram Model have no fear it's a great banjo. Some of the best componetnt and some of the greatest people who have ever collaborated on a banjo and made it sound like a hoss. Yep that KI banjo is just a right hand a few tweaks from Big K's.
Having played KI 2 for some time now, you won't be disappointed!
Hello Ron. I can tell you as Arthur has already stated, all the necks are the same. The one I play was the prototype. It has nothing different from all the others. Its the only banjo I've played for nearly 2 years now. I received mine in December of 2006 and recorded with it about a week later on a CD that Josh Williams hasn't released yet. It was that good from the start. It has the same neck, rim (Sullivan Old Factory Floor) and same tone ring,(Burlile). All the metal parts are the same also. This banjo was built with player in mind with the look, feel and sound. I do have an Old Remo on mine but other than that, they are all the same. I am not going to endorse any banjo and not play it myself. My way of thinking is if I didn't play it, why would anyone want one. There's way to much of that going on today. I have played several of them #1, #2 #3 #4 #7 #11 #14 #17 #18. I think Will is going to stop making them at 20 so you may be out of luck. # 19 will be ready I think in December of 08 and #20 Jan of 09. Thanks Ron for considering the Williams KI banjo. Oh and the head tightnes is G#. Thanks again! K
Now that is an endorsement anyone can respect from one of the very best in the business. I appreciate that kind of integrity.
Well said Mike! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
If anyone is thinking about a KI Model, now is the time to pull the trigger. A very limited number of the Kenny Ingram Models are still available! So don't delay!
This banjo is made from the finest componets:
Made from a select grade mahogany, Flying Eagle Inlay pattern, rosewood fingerboard, handmade Arthur Hatfield neck, Burlile tone ring Steve Gill resonator, Sullivan Old Floor Factory rim, RK flange, Presto tailpiece, Bill Keith tuners, Schaller - 5th string tuner, nickel hardware, ivoroid buttons, GHS Custom strings, TKL case
Every piece of this banjo was chosen for a reason. I felt the RK flange is as near a clone of the Pre War flange in looks and weight. The tenion hoop is even pot metal The mahogany we chose because its a very stable wood, unlike curly maple. I've have seen a lot of twisted necks in that stuff. The rim is the Sullivan Floor Rim. I don't think there is a better rim being made but time will tell. You couple that rim with the best tone ring made (The Burlile) and you have a HOT combo. There are many good tone rings being made today. I own several different ones myself While we talking tone rings let me say that Jim really Makes his own rings. He doesn't take his stuff to a foundry and get it poured. He pours and machine's his own tone rings. No one making rings today can claim this but him. The Bill Keith tuning pegs are all stainless steel inside and out. You will never ware these out!!!!!!!! The Arthur Hatfield neck & The Gill resonator can't be beat. You take all these great parts and make sure they are fitted together RIGHT, with the right setup your going to have a pretty hot banjo. When we started this whole thing that was what we wanted to do. Put the BEST parts together and see what we came up with. So thats how the prototype I play come to life. I think Jim, Arthur, Will, and myself didn't do bad. K
I think Jim, Arthur, Will, and myself didn't do bad. K
That's got to the the BHO's understatement of the year! "Not bad", indeed! Without your stamp of approval on this KI banjo collaboration, I would still be searching for that elusive banjo. Thank you Kenny!
If you're thinking of getting one you better get ahold of Will ASAP as he has told me that he is only making these last two so unless he changes his mind that will be your last chance to get one "new" that is.