a player myself, I am aware of how much the set-up process has
to do with the overall sound, responsiveness, and playability of
a banjo. I understand that each player has a unique playing style
and a certain tone they are after. Once you have chosen the wood,
rim size, and tone ring, the choice of head-type, tailpiece, and
bridge wood will fine-tune the tone of the instrument.
below are the set-up options available - I look forward to working
with you to help customize your instrument.
Cast bronze Romero tailpiece. Read more about our tailpieces here.
Kershner-style - An excellent adjustable tailpiece
No-knot - Simple tailpiece most widely used for old-time banjos
Depending on the sound and stability you're after, we have both synthetic and natural heads available. Generally, we like the overall tone on skin heads better but really enjoy the stability that synthetic heads offer in a variety of climates.
Standard synthetic heads available: Renaissance, white, frosted, Fyberskin.
Natural heads available: calf skin, goat skin.
Depending on your playing style, you may want a scoop. A scoop allows you to play more freely over the highest frets on the neck. Some examples of scoops.
String options include include steel, synthetic nylon or gut strings, all in a variety gauges.
Jason first saw a five-hole type construction ten years ago from the banjo maker Monty Hendricks. After years of experimenting with different woods and construction types, we've decided that this three foot, five-hole design sounds better than every other variation we've tried, including single foot bridges. Our bridges are made in our shop using submerged maple; every bridge is compensated for improved intonation. Bridges are for sale separately from our banjos.