This handmade fretless banjo is built with an 11-inch rim that is 3/8″ thick. The peghead is of simple, minimal design in keeping with its vintage 19th century roots.
The scooped fingerboard, peghead veneer and nut are each fashioned with Richlite, a sustainable alternative to Ebony. The hardware is raw brass, including the heel cap — which is stamped with the word “freedom.”
It is fitted with a natural goat skin head, Nylgut strings and a handmade vintage style Maple bridge.
Walnut neck / 3-ply Walnut rim with Maple core
Fretless Richlite fingerboard (scooped) / Richlite peghead veneer & nut
Raw brass hardware / Old-style round bracket shoes
Rolled brass tone ring / Raw brass 5th string pip
No-knot tailpiece / Natural goatskin head / Aquila Nylgut strings
Handmade Maple bridge / Gotoh planetary tuners
Custom stamped “freedom” raw brass heel cap / Bad River shop rag
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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.