This is my take on a bluegrass style 5 string banjo. It is beautiful curly maple with an ebony fretboard and headstock veneer. First, I use a block style rim and a wooden dowel stick, just like my openback banjos. The tonering is a Whyte Laydie, which is a bit lighter in weight than a flathead while still having great tone and plenty of power. The flange is constructed just like my stacked block pots, but with 2 layers of thin walnut and a top layer of birdseye maple. All of these design features combine to make a banjo that weighs in at 8.4 lbs, several pounds lighter than your average masterclone. The neck has a "speed neck" finish, which means I dyed it, oiled it, and waxed it. The neck has a 25.5" scale and a 1.375" width at the nut. The headstock has a crossed arrow inlay, and the fretboard has abalone and pearl dots for position markers and side dots. The resonator has black binding.