These twin handmade banjos are built as a matched set. One peghead sports a vintage 25-cent cool scrip coin room the historic Wyatt Coal Company of Laing, West Virginia. The other is from the Southern Mining Company of Colmar, KY.
Both custom banjos have necks shaped from the same stock of American Black Walnut with Ebony fingerboards and peghead veneers. Each rim is fitted with a rolled brass tone ring for clarity and volume.
Other features include all brass hardware, Gotoh planetary tuners and old-style round bracket shoes.
Walnut neck / 3-ply Walnut rim with Maple core
Fretted Ebony fingerboard (scooped) / Ebony peghead veneer & nut
Raw brass hardware / Old-style round bracket shoes
Rolled brass tone ring / Raw brass 5th string pip
No-knot tailpiece / Elite Amber synthetic head / Steel strings
Handmade Maple bridge / Gotoh planetary tuners
Ebony 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.