For Sale. A new 12" fully spunover banjo manufactured by Rickard Banjos. The rim on this banjo is a true fully spunover brass rim that is very unique, in that it has no welded joints during its construction. This rim was fully spun from a brass disc and then polished and nickel plated, producing an extremely rigid construction not seen before in spunover rims. Both the upper and lower edge of the rim has been spunover a solid brass rod. On the upper spun edge is a press fit fully spun Dobson tone ring, also manufactured by Rickard Banjos. The inner wood ply consists of a single ply steamed and rolled curly maple insert that has been pressure expanded and then epoxied into place, further adding to the structural rigidity of the rim. The rim has 18 nickel plated brass ball shoes and a matching nickel plated tension hoop, all manufactured by Rickard Banjos. Banjo presently has a Remo Fiberskyn, but can be changed out with a natural calf skin if prefered by purchaser.
The 3 piece constructed neck has been manufactured from offset matching grain cherry, with a black dyed center insert, producing an extremely ridged neck. There is also a 2 way adjustable truss rod inserted under the ebony fingerboard, adjustable through the neck heel. Scale length is 26.25 inches. Both the fingerboard and peghead veneer are manufactured from solid ebony. The tuners are nickel plated Gotoh with black buttons. Banjo comes with a custom Rickard nickel plated brass Vega style wire arm rest and a high quality Boulder Alpine soft sided gig bag. Optional upgrade to a quality hardshell bump case is offered for an additional $45.00.
This is a truely unique custom built modern spunover Dobson banjo that has a fantastic full tone, not usually associated with spunover banjo rims. If anyone is interested in this banjo I can arrange to have some sound files produced and posted.