This banjo is one I made for myself. The fretboard image is made from selected frames of Eadweard Muybridge’s “Woman Jumping Over a Stool”. It is made by inlaying acrylic mother of pearl into Richlite (an ebony alternative). I have seen a number of instruments with heavy adornment but never one with a whole image on the fingerboard. All of the hardware (the hooks, nuts, tension hoop, tone ring, tailpiece, and post bolt) are all made from scratch. The only things purchased for this project was the tuners and the head. To hear it being played click HERE. To see a video tour of the banjo click HERE.
Body: Cherry and locust
Tone ring: Steel and brass
Peg head: Cherry, bog oak, and leather
Neck: Curly Cherry, Locust, and ebonized walnut.
Arm rest: Cherry, bog oak, steel, and magnets
Fretboard: Acrylic and Richlite.
Bridge: Bloodwood, Richlite, and maple