This was a fun banjo to build. The tunneled fifth string was a neat option, like most the string runs through a brass tube embedded in the neck. The customer plays a lot of melodic and classical style music and felt having the neck free of a tuner might help. Personally I like the idea as a neat concept but prefer my personal banjos with the standard fifth string design. I would be curious to see what others like.
All the hardware was darkened with a brass darkening solution. We used a Companion no-hole brass tone ring on a maple rim. I was happy with the clarity and bottom end this banjo has. Hand made wood armrest. Tim Purcell provided us with a great maple bridge radiused to match the fret board.
Edited by - CompanionBanjo on 06/16/2020 10:40:06
Looks good and sounds good. This is another great example of what great banjo making is about. I’ve played a banjo that tuned all five strings at the headstock and didn’t really feel like there was that much of a difference I still played the same. I mean I could see some people liking it but at the end of the day It didn’t make a difference if the peg was at the fifth fret or headstock I didn’t feel restricted either way.
NIce work. Love that walnut (?) burl on the resonator. Sounds crisp but warm.
Thanks Dan, yes that is burl walnut veneer.
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