Chuck Lee banjos are perfect. However, made one at a time, even within a standard model category, each is a little different. This 12" Lone Star, serial #137 (c.2005), has 26 hooks, a 3" rim, and a 25 1/2" scale. The tailpiece is a Mark Ralston reproduction of a c.1900 design that produces the same gentle break angle as Chuck's original No-Knot. (String break angle over the bridge is the single greatest impact of tailpiece on sound.) Included are a vintage style wire arm rest and the original TKL hard shell case.
The hardware and finish have age-appropriate patina, but there are no cosmetic or structural, playing-relevant issues to keep the condition from being Excellent.
"Integral tone ring" is not necessarily hype for a wood rim without a separate tone ring. In this case, Chuck fashions the shape, extending a full 1" below the top of the rim, to enhance the sound and get just what he and many others prefer. (Serious banjo people know that the region near the rim is a major contributor to tone.)
You can hear Molly Tuttle playing a Lone Star in the link below.
United States, Pasadena, CA, 91103
$95 ConUS, carrier negotiable
Payment Option Notes:
Venmo worked fine for another BHO transaction.
Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back.
Buyer pays return shipping.
Additional return policy details: initial shipping not refunded on return
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Excellent Condition
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'Dang...' 34 min
'bridge' 1 hr