Lately I've been looking for an upgrade and I've been going back and forth between a Deering Sierra and an RK-75. I am a Scruggs-style player. However, a couple of weeks ago I ran into a 1980s Wildwood Troubador in a local shop for a decent price. But I don't know much about the Troubadors.
It had a resonator which I thought was a bit strange - is that common? Aren't Troubadors primarily for clawhammer?
How do I know for sure it is a Troubador -- I couldn't see any markings other than "Wildwood".
I own a Wildwood Troubador open-back. It sounds great played Scruggs style and I could see the appeal as a bluegrass banjo with a resonator.
Tubaphone style tone ring, bound neck with bird-themed inlays and you've got a Troubador. Flathead style tone ring and perhaps it's something else?
Quite a few one-off Wildwood banjos exist so maybe you've run across one.
I play both 3 finger and clawhammer on my tubaphone ring Wildwood troubadour. Does well as BG Banjo and good for CH. I can see it being punchy with a resonator.
Acoustic Vibes in Tempe used to carry Wildwood. Worth a call.
Yeah, I thought it sounded pretty good, although I didn't have my picks with me. And it was pretty heavy.
Of course, I think they are probably closed now, so I won't be back for awhile.
But I am curious - how do you know it is a troubador? I could see no labels anywhere other than the sales tag. I'll try and post a couple photos if I can.
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