This one of a kind open-back banjo was custom designed and built for Loren Hicks of Toronto, Canada. It is called a "Quadroon" model because it has a light colored tigertail maple neck and a black veneered rim. The name of the banjo is "Tripa", a name of endearment and reference in the Eritrean dialect meaning "chubby, belly big enough to hold a village. The theme of the instrument is dragons. It has a dragon's head carved on the heel of the neck, the classic "Chubby Dragon" on the bound peghead, six engraved pearl dragons inlaid on the bound fingerboard and two engraved pearl dragons inlaid on the ebony armrest. There is an additional dragon in mother of pearl inlaid on the dowel stick as well as a classic griffin inlaid on the back of the peghead which has a full backstrap. All the metal parts are profusely engraved and gold plated with another dragon engraved on the tailpiece. The tuners are also engraved with mother of pearl buttons. The 12" maple rim is covered with a veneer of black wood and has a patented Flesher ebony tone ring. Does it sound as good as it looks? Absolutely! You can hear it played on Loren's web site: http://www.mightypen.ca



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