This is a new banjo just assembled by Eric Sullivan and Robin Smith. This is by far one of the best "parts banjo's" I've had put together. It's extremely responsive and has the classic sweet mahogany tone. The neck is a mahogany neck with RB-3 leaves and bows inlay and has not been on a banjo until now. I was told that the neck was genuine Gibson. The resonator is a mahogany Huber with concentric rings and was a "factory second". The hardware is all new Prucha with a pot metal tension hoop. The tone ring is a Gibson "Crowe" 20-hole flat head with the Gibson stamp and serial number.
For me, the most exciting part of this banjo is the rim. It's a Sullivan roasted maple block rim. Most know that block rims were "standard issue" into the mid 20's until the advent of the 3-ply maple rim. From my understanding the block rim was simply too labor intensive to continue with when the 3-ply came along. Eric Sullivan said this about the new block rim:
"We start with select red maple that has been put through the roasting process. This process results in maple that is lighter, has a higher stiffness to weight ratio, more resonant, more stable, and much more resistant to moisture. Once the wood to be used is selected, we precision machine individual blocks using both traditional and high tech CNC machines. After machining, each block is put through a quality control check and once given the OK we assemble each layer from these blocks.
Each layer of our block rim contains 10 pieces that are glued together with an industrial high solids content woodworking glue that dries rigid with no creep in the joints. After each layer has dried and has been allowed to cure for at least 1 week we CNC machine each layer so they can be glued together to form a three layer rim. After the three layers are dry each rim is set aside and allowed to cure for at least 2 weeks before we pre-turn and quality control.
Once fully cured and ready to go we precision turn each rim for the ring and flange and then we sand smooth before staining and finish."
I can see why Gibson stopped with the block rims.....too much work. these would be a nightmare in a high production banjos shop.
This banjo has 5th string spikes at the 7th and 9th frets and ships in a new Guardian case. I hope to do a video ASAP but one can be texted in the meantime...just send a message.
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