This is the headstock of Bob Flesher's top line banjo the Jubilo. It too is the first issue of the banjo built sevearl years ago. It took nearly 3 years for delivery and reamins one of the more beautiful banjos in my view,
Saturday, June 16, 2007 @8:59:09 PM
Absolutely beautiful along with the rest of the photos. I've never seen one of his banjos in person. I can only imagine what an absolute work of art they all are.
Saturday, June 16, 2007 @9:42:51 PM
Very artistic and done totally by Bob with nothing but hand tools. I don't know many that do wood carving, perl inlay, metal engraving, etc., without farming some of it out to an expert in one area or another. The wait was long, even at that time it was nearly 3 years when the initial estimate was 7 months. I don't think it is unusual for indivudual builders to work that way - as Dan Knowles was a 7 month estimate and it took 2 1/2 years to deliver the ebony banjo. Glad you enjoyed it. David
Monday, October 3, 2011 @7:36:52 AM
I've loved Bob's work since I first saw his engraving, in the old Liberty catalogs, back when I was in college. The Jubilo is also one my favorites of his designs. Ya got good taste! :-)
Monday, October 3, 2011 @8:05:25 AM
Thanks. I was looking for an open back and came across Bob's website. I saw the Jubilee he built for a fellow in Texas and gave him a call. He had not built an open back version at that point and we discussed some of the potential features that would vary from the bluegrass model. Nearly 3 years later it arrived but has been enjoyed for nearly 10 years. Frankly it never sounded (in my mind) like I wanted and over the years I've tinkered with bridges, heads, and tail pieces. I asked Dan Knowles to build me an engraved tail piece that is like the one he built for my ebony banjo he built. Not to be deterred...I recently put a goat skin head on it matched with Dan's tail piece. It woke up the Jubilo and I couldn't be more pleased. Thanks for your comment. This photo was taken by John Balch a few years ago and I thought he caught a nice shot. David E.
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