Grafton "Gem" banjos are the inexpensive end of the "Grafton" range but still offer many of the best features in banjo design at very affordable prices.
Here is the specification for the "Gem #2" open back model:-
11" heavy cast alloy rim with 24 bracket hardware and an integral tone ring. It has a mahogany neck with a double-action truss-rod and a hand-cut bone top nut. The rosewood fingerboard has a frailers scoop with black edge bindings and hand-dressed fretting. 2-point neck attachment with twin co-ordinator rods for extra stability. Good quality die-cast sealed unit guitar-style tuners and a matching geared 5th string peg. Solid armrest and good quality "No-Knot" tailpiece.Top grade strings & bridge Expertly set-up for optimum playability - and plain but very acceptable finish & cosmetics.
FREE with this banjo: 2 sets of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string) and a fitted banjo strap.
All this adds up to the best entry-level banjo available in the UK at the moment - for sound, playability and stability, nothing else in this price bracket comes close ....
Built in the UK from imported parts. This model uses a heavier rim than is used in the standard "Gem" and produces a really nice tone for frailing & clawhammer styles - surprisingly good for an instrument at this price point! Get a great sounding banjo with all the design quality that you really need to get started on banjo - but at much the same price as many other brands that have few (or none) of these features.
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