I just recently purchased a Wildwood Troubadour from a member of this site. I am very happy with this instrument. It sounds great and has beautiful workmanship and woods. The ad said it was a maple block. However, I am wondering about the type of wood used. I have done some woodworking through the years and I think it is walnut and not the usual maple. Today I brought it into a Luthier for some set up changes and he said it was walnut--in fact Claro walnut. I am not complaining. I am very pleased with this. But I am just curious if ordering a walnut neck and pot would have been considered a special order with a possible upcharge. Again, just curious and just trying to get a little history on this banjo and Wildwood banjo's in general.
Edited by - Firelakekid2 on 01/28/2021 05:16:56
I had a Wildwood Troubadour from 2018 that was full walnut, neck and pot with a bracket band. 12th Fret up in Canada had Mark Platin make several all walnut Troubadours they sold through their shop. Those had oiled necks instead of lacquered. I still have my 80's maple Troubadour. The walnut one had an amazing tone--maple too. : )
I've got one as well, from the 80s. My understand is that it's a walnut block rim with a maple neck.
Most listings online don't specify the rim wood, they just say "hard rock block". I've only ever heard the term "hard rock" to describe maple, but I think it's just a marketing term so who knows. Maybe someone can correct me on that.
I've done a bit of research, and as far as I can tell there wasn't consistency through the years with the woods and design of the various Wildwood banjos. I've seen Troubadours with maple or walnut, with bracket bands and undrilled rims and without bracket bands and hook-shoe construction. I've seen them with neck scoops and without neck scoops. And now I've seen them with oiled necks instead of lacquered.
I am not sure when my Troubadour was made but am pretty sure it has a mapel block rim and maple neck.
The necks and rims came standard in maple for the entire Wild wood open back line featuring Tubaphone rings.
Mark Platin did make some Troubadours in all-walnut, neck\rim, but usually this was specified in the stock description. More than one went through at Elderly, same with 12th Fret. I'm sure they were also available special order.
I've seen at least one private used listing for a Troubadour that appeared walnut but was not specified as such, no idea if that owed to cluelessness or what.
Mark Platin had one all-walnut on hand when he was closing up shop and I wistfully regret not buying it.
Edited by - ceemonster on 01/28/2021 19:51:11
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