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SOLD: Original Mcleod, 12" Open Back Banjo, Walnut Pot and Maple Neck

SOLD: Original Mcleod, 12" Open Back Banjo, Walnut Pot and Maple Neck

This is a recently completed banjo with a twelve inch walnut pot and a Maple neck. It's a 26 3/16” scale


It's handmade and hand carved, and as usual all of the wood was sourced from David Dyke in Sussex , who I have always used for exceptional quality materials. 


The rim is a block construction and the fingerboard is a lovely piece of ebony, which is getting harder to source. 


The tone of this banjo has great volume— loud but warm and the fifth string has plenty of ‘pop’ . 


The price includes a brand new hard case. 


The photos show it fitted with a standard Grover 5/8 bridge, but the banjo will be fitted with a Mike Smith 5/8 bridge. These bridges are superb! (The Grover bridge will also be included and sent in the case)


The tuning pegs are Waverley, except for the fifth peg.  I really like Waverly tuners, but they can be awkward to change strings on quickly so for the fifth peg,  I’ve used a Gotoh peg which are great quality and, a lot more user friendly. 


There is a 14 day return policy if you are not completely satisfied. I would just ask that you are very careful with the banjo in that time, only play it at home, pack it carefully and pay return postage. 


Instrument Spec: 


  • 12” American Walnut pot ( block construction ) 
  • Maple neck with stained black maple centre stripe. 
  • Evo gold medium fret wire.
  • Ebony fingerboard. ( 26 3/16” scale ) 
  • Abalone shell fret markers and side dots.
  • Two way adjustable truss rod ( adjustable  from pot end) . 
  • Rolled brass tone ring. 
  • Bone top nut and fifth nut.
  • Waverley tuners. 
  • 5th string tuner Gotoh 14/1
  • Ivoriod tuner buttons. 
  • Nickel plated hooks and hardware. 
  • Neck brace raw brass , sand cast. 
  • Dowel stick construction. 
  • No knot tail piece. 
  • S  type trailing scoop. 
  • Fairbanks style peg head with American walnut back strapping. 
  • Carved fifth peg detail. 
  • Inlay detail on pot and ivoroid binding. 
  • Good quality ‘Superior ‘ hard case included with bracket key and Allen key for truss rod. 


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