Enoch Tradesman fretless 12” – ‘early batch in production’. I picked this up on the Hangout last year and have enjoyed it. But I have settled on a hybrid fretless and I’m trying to fund a custom order. I have four fretless banjos. The wife says I can only play one at a time (and barely, then!).
This banjo has a cherry neck, black tuner knobs, and a rosewood fingerboard which is how they were done early on. Here is the description from the original owner (too good a story not to share!):
Purchased at Kevin Enoch’s shop in September 2002, this is from his second batch (x of 6) of Tradesman banjos as he was just getting the concept off the ground and while the Tradesman builds were his own handiwork. A newish DC local at the time, I brought in some banjos to his Maryland shop for repair work that July, bought a recent nylonstrung vintage reneck job off the wall, and saw a couple of the first batch Tradesmen on the bench during the visit and immediately wanted in for the next one.
While this particular Tradesman banjo has the same basic specs as what’s been in production since, it also has some differences — note Kevin’s signature as the makers mark on the head (cf. the blunt Tradesman stamp you’ll find now), the more primitive cutout at the neck-pot join (where there’s now a wavy flourish), 14 brackets rather than the 18 on one you’d find today, and it doesn’t have a production number burned or penciled in or maker’s mark on the dowel stick. This also has a phenomenally light finish application on the neck for a more primitive tactile engagement — it also lets the cherry speak its truth. Has one of the most inviting neck profiles I’ve experienced on a banjo, you just want to wrap in and the width is generous enough that there’s no foggy pile up when the playing cooks up — the voice stays simple, clear, and powerful. Notes keep their foot on the gas pedal up the neck and open up melodic potential across the entirety of the fingerboard — very rare for a fretless and I’ve also played some other Tradesmen that couldn’t pull this off as well.
Measurements: scale is 25 1/8” as shown; nut width 1 5’16”; there is some “play wear” on the head. Otherwise very good condition especially for this vintage.
I have dropped asking price to $800 (was $900) including shipping to continental U.S. (I live in Idaho and typical instrument shipping for this locale is about $85). Reasonable offers entertained.
PayPal is fine, check and money order are cool, too! Comes in the original Levy’s gig bag which came with the banjo and original to the instrument. Contact me through the Hangout!
United States, ID, 83221
Price includes s/h to continental US, PayPal fee, and original gig bag.
Check/Money Order, Paypal
Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Excellent Condition
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