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Posted by Greg Galbreath on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I delivered two nice banjos while at Clifftop and recently added some pictures of them to my web site. 

One of them was a special commission inspired by Richie Stern's Dobson.  Based on detailed measurements and photos of his banjo, I made a fairly close reproduction, although I did take a few liberties here and there.  I had no idea what it would end up sounding like since many of it's specs were very different than what I normally do but I was extremely happy with the end result.  It ended up being very easy to play and had a tremendous range.  Here are the specs:

11" pot, walnut neck and pot, thin (3/8") rim, 2 1/2" deep rim, dramatically angled (28 degrees) peghead, skin head, big-ass Waverly tailpiece, Dobson tone ring

One of the best things to come out of this project was the development of a thin (3/8") rim which I can now offer.  I can't wait to try it out with a deeper rim and think it will have a much plunkyer sound as well as being lighter than my standard 1/2" rims.

The other banjo was also a little unusual in that it had a deeper than normal rim (3") which I really liked when combined with an 11" pot.


4 comments on “Latest Buckeye Banjos!”

frailin Says:
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @7:53:57 AM


frailin Says:
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @7:55:59 AM

I'm just sorry I didn't get to play these beauties when I was there. I'm sure you've made a coupla folks VERY HAPPY! :)

Greg Galbreath Says:
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 @8:08:07 AM

Yeah, Craig, I think you would have liked the Dobson - it had a very crisp sound with tons of projection.

frailin Says:
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 @8:11:58 AM

Arrrgh. You ain't helpin'.

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