WGF Howson Instruments

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11" Black Walnut Banjo

25.5" scale length.

Slim neck profile.

Oval scoop with mother of pearl mouse inlay.

Standard heel with inlayed mother of pearl. Chisel and wood working knife.

Two way adjustable truss rod.

Ebony fretboard and headstock veneer.

Medium fretwire.

Buffalo horn nut.

Block rim construction with rolled brass tonering and Ebony rim cap.

Romero style dowel rod construction.

Handmade raw brass tension hoop and 18 brackets.

Rickard no knot tailpiece and hooks and nuts.

Planetary tuners.

Compensated Cherry and Ebony bridge.

Stained goat skin.








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The simple rolled brass tone ring on this banjo gives it a bit more brightness and cutting power than a wooden tone ring but still results in a fairly mellow open tone when compared to a tubaphone or whyte laydie.

The fretboard inlay design is taken from an illustration by L.W.R. Wenckebach for In De Muizenwereld (In mouse-land) by Agatha Snellen, published in the Netherlands in 1894. The Heel inlay is a chisel and a wood working knife crossed over each other.