WGF Howson Instruments

Custom Banjos and Guitars

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10" Cherry Banjo

23.2" A scale.

Medium neck profile.

Three piece neck.

Two way adjustable trussrod.

Ebony fretboard.

Deep Creek inspired scoop.

Curved Traditional heel with Ebony cap.

Ebony fretboard headstock faceplate.

Medium fretwire.

Buffalo horn  nut.

Block rim construction with integral Rosewood tonering and Ebony rim cap.

Romero style dowel rod Construction.

Handmade raw brass tension hoop, hooks, Gibson style nuts and brackets.

Rickard no knot tailpiece.

Planetary tuners.

Compensated Cherry and Rosewood bridge.

Stained goat skin.

Hand rubbed true oil finish.





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The idea behind this banjo was to build a small portable instrument, that could fit in the overhead in a plane without compromising the tone and volume.

 The scale length is 23.2 inches which is about a bluegrass banjo scale minus the first two frets, starting from the longer bluegrass scale means that the instrument can be tuned down to G without the strings feeling floppy.

The rim is smaller than usual but also a bit deeper and the tone ring is from a beautiful and very dense billet of plantation grown Indian rosewood which gives the banjo a warm woody sound with a bit of brightness.







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