Here for sale is my high-mileage, custom-built 6-string banjo with an extended, 31-fret fingerboard (Alfred Farland, eat your heart out!). Health issues are forcing my banjo playing to take a back seat, so reluctantly, this must go.
First of all, this is a REAL 6-string banjo , ala Sonny, JD, Jim McCown, Ron Rimmer, etc. It is NOT a “guitar banjo.” I’ve owned a few 6-strings over many years and love them dearly. I decided to make this one as a “test bed” of different ideas and themes, to see if I would like this or that, and then change something and see if it was better.
The banjo is cosmetically challenged: There are numerous dings and dents on the resonator, and the top binding is not even with the outside circumference of the wood. The lower “binding” is actually a thin strip of pin-striping tape that has peeled off in some sections (see photos). There is overspray and some finish runs on the resonator sidewalls.
The neck is laminated maple, ash, and ebony, with a 2-way truss rod. The rosewood fingerboard was custom made by Luthier’s Mercantile with a 26- 3/8” scale length and a 15” radius. The frets are stainless steel, .104” wide. There are Schaller D-tuners on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings.
I have sanded the neck thinner to my liking so the binding on the fingerboard is very narrow, especially on the “top” side. The rim is a mahogany block rim with two binding strips. There is a slight separation of one strip from the wood, about 2-1/2” long, very difficult to see in the photos.
The inlays are Jockomo stick-ons and I purposely left the transfer tape on them (you can pull it off easily. The tone ring and flange are Sullivan’s, and the bridge you see is also a Sullivan.
I did an interesting experiment where I purposely left a gap between the bottom of the neck heel and the rim, and that way could adjust the action easily by simply turning the lower coordinator rod, not having to squeeze the rim. I’ve actually heard some really good sounding banjos with a similar gap between the heel and rim, and this one likewise sounds excellent. I drilled and tapped the lower rod to hold an Allen screw at the end (see photo) and drilled a small hole in the sidewall of the resonator under the tailpiece so you can insert an Allen wrench and adjust the action right from there without ever having to take anything off. It works great, and should you not want to have it like this, just insert a shim between the heel and rim and everything returns to “standard.” The Allen wrench is the same size used to adjust the truss rod.
If you see in the pics, the color of the buttons on the tuning keys does not match – some are black and some are white. I will put as many white buttons as I can scrounge up on all the keys so they match more closely.
This is a very unique and fine-sounding banjo. The combination of the low G string (I use a 30 or 32 here) with the extended fingerboard give you an unprecedented range of notes and options. The banjo is very sturdy and comes with a rigid, polyfoam case. Some of you may have seen me playing it around the Nashville jams over the last several years as I always took it with me while visiting there. I’m offering it for sale here AS-IS for $2900 plus a flat-rate shipping cost of $50 anywhere in CONUS. What you see in the pics and description here is what you get. Thanks!
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Condition of Item(s):
Used - Fair Condition
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