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The Mad Moon
in the peghead is made from yellow mother of pearl and is hand cut and engraved to be grouchy, hence his name is Oscar.  He is shouting at the poor little star, Stella, which is Latin for star, who is very shocked at his outburst.   The little star above, Estrella,  Spanish for star, is not happy at all with all the noise in the neighborhood.  The name of the little star below is, of course, Twinkle. 

The neck is made of straight grain maple with a hollow steel bar fitted tightly down the middle to prevent forward bow, back bow and warping  and has an antique lacquer finish.  The fingerboard and peghead overlay is made of black ebony wood.  There is a maple/black lamination under the fingerboard and peghead overlay.  The fingerboard has a 25.5  inch scale and is 1 3/16 inch wide at the nut  and 2 inches wide at the rim.  It is available with or without a scoop.   The back of the neck has a round bulbous heel, shaped after an old 1860's Dobson banjo that I own, which gradually tapers down to a slim neck by the 7th fret and is very comfortable to play. It is attached to the rim with a traditional squat dowel stick and neck brace.   The neck has 5 geared tuners with black buttons and a spike at the 7th fret for capoing the 5th string.

The 12 inch diameter rim is made of laminated maple with a rosewood tonering and rim cap and is three inches deep for a deep bass tone.  Between the rim cap and the maple rim is a black/maple/black wood banding to match the neck.  It has the antique lacquer finish like the neck.   The tension hoop has a rounded outside edge with notches for round hooks.  This provides a comfortable corner with no need for an armrest.   The rim has 26 brackets and a traditional "No Knot" tailpiece.  All metal parts are nickel plated.  It comes with your choice of a Fiberskin or  Renaissance head.  A calf skin head is available for an additional $60.00.

This banjo is a very quality instrument at a low price for the beginner or the advanced player.   I has a sweet bass tone and is very comfortable to play.  It is identical to the Red neck except for the inlay design.  It comes with a padded carrying bag.  The price is  $1795.00


   

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For fun I took the traditional engraved griffin in the Vega and Fairbanks banjos of the turn of the century, put a rebel hat on him, and gave him longer hair.  I wanted him chewing tobaccer like traditional rednecks do but that beak is just not made for spitting so I put a cigar in his mouth and named him the Redneck.  Actually his proper name is "Clyde" named after beautiful Clyde, North Carolina, down where the Dixie Cups grow and there's only one cop on duty and he's actually a banjo picker.

The neck is made of straight grain maple with a hollow steel bar fitted tightly down the middle to prevent forward bow, back bow and warpage and has an antique lacquer finish.  The fingerboard and peghead overlay is made of black ebony wood.  There is a maple/black lamination under the fingerboard and peghead overlay.  The fingerboard has a 25.5  inch scale and is 1 3/16 inch wide at the nut  and 2 inches wide at the rim.  It is available with or without a scoop.  The back of the neck has a round bulbous heel, shaped after an old 1860's Dobson banjo that I own, which gradually tapers down to a slim neck by the 7th fret and is very comfortable to play. It is attached to the rim with a traditional squat dowel stick and neck brace.   The neck has 5 geared tuners with black buttons and a spike at the 7th fret for capoing the 5th string.

The 12 inch diameter rim is made of laminated maple with a rosewood tonering and rim cap and is three inches deep for a deep bass tone.  Between the rim cap and the maple rim is a black/maple/black wood banding to match the neck.  It has the antique lacquer finish like the neck.   The tension hoop has a rounded outside edge with notches for round hooks.  This provides a comfortable corner with no need for an armrest.   The rim has 26 brackets and a traditional "No Knot" tailpiece.  All metal parts are nickel plated.  It comes with your choice of a Fiberskin or  Renaissance head.  A calf skin head is available for an additional $60.00.

This banjo is a very quality instrument with a lot of class at a low price for the beginner or the advanced player.   I has a sweet bass tone and is very comfortable to play.  It is identical to the Mad Moon except for the inlay design.  It comes with a padded carrying bag.  The price is  $1895.00

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