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The Grafton "Clipper #3" convertible resonator short-scale tenor banjo is a higher grade intermediate/semi-professional model in the range. You can play the banjo with or without the resonator, whichever suits the circumstances. Despite its relatively low price, it still embodies really good design and construction - and features 24-bracket heavy-duty hardware, a wooden rim with a "White Lady" tone ring, twin co-ordinator rods and a heavy tailpiece. These are things that lots of banjos at this (or even rather higher) prices don't have!
Here is the specification for the "Clipper #3" model:- 11" maple rim with "White Lady" tone ring, 24-notch tension ring & 24 heavy-duty brackets; 17 fret truss-rodded maple neck with edge binding and hand-dressed fretting; 2-point neck attachment with twin co-ordinator rods for extra stability; 4: 1 ratio good quality planetary banjo tuners; solid armrest and good quality heavy tailpiece. It comes with top grade strings & bridge and is expertly set-up for optimum playability.
The cosmetics are conventional (it looks like a cross between a vintage Windsor and a vintage Dallas) and is has a nicely-done satin lacquer finish; that's fairly typical for banjos at this price point ( the majority of the money is spent on tone & playability!)All this adds up to the best higher grade intermediate/semi-professional open-back short-scale tenor banjo available in the UK at the moment - for sound, playability and stability, nothing else in this price bracket comes close ....Just the ticket for the new player or for someone moving up from that dodgy "first buy" - or an experienced player who needs a decent banjo that will cope with life "on the road" (?perhaps that should read "in a muddy field"?) .
Built in the UK from imported parts -
FREE with this banjo: 1 spare set of strings, 4 plectrums.
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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