This hand made custom banjo sports a simple decorative headstock — embedded with a vintage 25-cent coal scrip from the E.C. Minter Coal Company (founded in Rhodell, West Virginia in 1921).
The steam-bent rim is 3/8″ thick for lighter weight and a throatier tone, in keeping with its early 20th century roots. The whole banjo is built for playability and minimal simplicity, including an integrated Maple tone ring and scooped fingerboard.
This banjo shipped with two unique bone nuts: one slotted for Nylgut strings and the other slotted for steel strings. A railroad spike is installed on the 7th fret for easy tuning changes on the fly.
Cherry neck / 3-ply Cherry rim with maple core
Fretted Richlite fingerboard with frailing scoop / Richlite peghead veneer
Nickel hardware / Old-style round bracket shoes
Maple tone ring / Bone nut / Raw brass 5th string pip
No-knot tailpiece / Natural goatskin head / Aquila Nylgut strings
Handmade Maple bridge / Gotoh planetary tuners
Railroad spike installed on 7th fret
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I only use domestically harvested North American hardwoods (walnut, cherry and maple) along with sustainable fingerboard materials. I’ve replaced ebony with Richlite (a superior renewable alternative) in all of my newer banjos.