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12" Flamed Maple Dobson Banjo

25.4" scale length.

Slim neck profile.

Double ogee.

Slotted headstock.

Oval scoop with mother of pearl green man inlay.

Standard heel.

Two way adjustable truss rod.

Ebony fretboard and headstock veneer with Mother of pearl leaf inlays.

Thin vintage style fretwire.

Buffalo horn nut.

Block rim construction with Dobson and rolled brass tone hoop and Ebony rim cap.

Romero style dowel rod construction.

Handmade raw brass tension hoop and 20 brackets.

Handmade raw brass tailpiece, Rikard tension hoop, hooks and nuts.

Gotoh open gear tuners.

Compensated Cherry and Ebony bridge.

Stained goat skin.








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This Banjo has a Dobson tone ring that sits on a 1/4" rolled brass hoop which combined with the 3" rim gives it an deep open tone with tons of bass and a sweet decay to the notes.

The inlay design is a green man taken from a grave stone in Shebbear, Devon.

This type of green man is called a Bloodsucker Head, because of the vegetation sprouting from their facial orifices and the fretboard is inlayed with Mother of pearl leaves.









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