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Grafton "Popular" banjos are the beginning of a new range that will offer all the best features in banjo design at very affordable prices.
Here is the specification for the "Popular #2" open back model:-
11" heavy cast alloy rim with light-weight hardware; chrome plated tension ring, 24 brackets and an integral tone ring. It has a mahogany neck with a double-action truss-rod and a hand-cut bone top nut. The fingerboard is rosewood with black edge bindings - fingerboard cutaway as standard and hand-dressed fretting. 2-point neck attachment with twin co-ordinator rods for extra stability. Vintage style planetary tuners and a matching geared 5th string peg. Vega style 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: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string). 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 “Popular” 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.