2006 Sullivan gold/nickel plated Prototype O factory aged (distressed) by Tim Dennison of FQMS to resemble pre-war vintage. Set up by Rual Yarbrough and Arthur Hatfield.
Neck: Mahogany speed neck, CNC copy from 1934 RB-4. Bell truss rod cover, Ptacek 2-band offset tuners with ivoroid buttons. Double cutaway headstock with matte ebony overlay. Script Sullivan and pearl fleur de lis inlay. Brazilian rosewood flat fretboard, RB-1 pattern.
Pot: Mahogany/poplar resonator, 4 lugs. Old growth/floor 3-ply maple rim. Baucom Thunderbolt gold-plated tone ring. Prucha nickel flange.
This unique banjo features:
Gold & nickel hardware: nuts, brackets and Preston tailpiece are gold plated, as the Baucom Thunderbolt tone ring. The rest of the pot assembly is nickel, slightly oxidized.
Holes in the experimental Prucha nickel one-piece flange slightly altered from a Mastertone flange.
Original pre-war Gibson single bracket armrest from Tual Yargrough's shop
Inscribed inside the old floor rim: "to my friend Ted Franklin Belue, Bill Sullivan 5-26-06. Jeff Sullivan also signed. The banjo's components are written inside the rim with Sharpie.
The original owner's name (Belue--I am the second owner) is in pearl inlay in the ebony heel overlay.
The banjo has a great warm voice that cuts well.
Comes with much-worn case from the 1960's
Keep in mind that this very unique banjo has been professionally reliced--meaning distressed or artificially aged to appear pre-war vintage. Although it is in excellent condition, it purposely does not look like a new banjo. Check the pictures carefully. Again, it has a great tone and, although I had as many as 20 resonator banjos at one time, I found myself going to this one on the rare occasions that I have played. I hate to part with it but simply must reduce my collection.
United States, Morganton, NC, 28655
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Condition of Item(s):
Used - Excellent Condition
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