I’ve got a bluegrass banjo under construction too.

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I’m building a maple Masteretone-style bluegrass banjo with all the Mastertone-style hardware from Stewart MacDonald:  Flathead tone ring, coordinator rods, Kerschner tailpiece, 5-Star tuners, except for two real Keith tuners for those who love to do the D-tuning thing.  The resonator is curly maple, and the neck is birds eye figured hard maple.  This is one big instrument – lots of metal parts!  I’m hoping I’ll have time to finish it before summer.  It will go on sale then for $2000.

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