WGF Howson Instruments

Custom Banjos and Guitars

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11" Black Walnut Banjo

25.4" scale length.

Slim neck profile.

Double ogee.

Oval scoop with dragonfly inlay of abalone and mother of pearl.

Scroll headstock with Ebony veneer.

Small Dobson heel.

Two way adjustable truss rod.

Ebony fretboard.

Vintage thin fretwire.

Buffalo horn nut.

Block rim construction with rolled brass tone ring and Ebony rim cap.

Romero style dowel rod construction.

Handmade raw brass tension hoop, tailpiece and brackets.

Rickard hooks and Gibson style nuts.

Planetary tuners.

Compensated Cherry and Ebony bridge.

Light stained goat skin.

Hand rubbed true oil finish.








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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 a Dragonfly made from Abalone and Mother of pearl.

The design of the banjo is influenced by the stylistic elements of the Boucher banjos from the 1800's with a scroll headstock with a double ogee running under the line of the 5th string.









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