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.
This is a maple banjo with a Whyte Laydie tone ring for that wonderful old-time sound. This is a substantial instrument – quite an armful since it is made of maple, and has lots of hardware. That tone ring has some substance! It has an armrest, 5-Star planetary tuners, a No-knot tailpiece, some inlay (see the details in the slide show) and co-ordinator rods in the rim to aid in keeping its shape and adjusting the neck. It’s one loud banjo: Assert yourself! Its brand new and for sale for $1600 with a hardshell case. Contact me at my email address for details.