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The Grafton "Gem #2" open-back short-scale tenor banjo at the "entry-level" price point in the range. Despite its low price, it still embodies really good design and construction - and features 24-bracket heavy-duty hardware, twin co-ordinator rods and a heavy cast tailpiece. These are things that lots of banjos at much higher prices don't have!
Here is the specification for the "Gem #2" model:- 11" cast alloy rim with notched tension ring, 24 heavy-duty brackets and an integral flattop tone ring; 17 fret truss-rodded neck with edge binding and hand-dressed fretting; 2-point neck attachment with twin co-ordinator rods for extra stability; 14: 1 ratio die-cast sealed unit guitar-style tuners; solid armrest and good quality heavy cast tailpiece. It comes with top grade strings & bridge and is expertly set-up for optimum playability. The cosmetics are very plain but acceptable for the price point (all the money is spent on tone & playability!)
All this adds up to the best "entry-level" 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". Equally, it will work very nicely for a more advanced player who wants a ruggedly-built banjo that will withstand the rigours of travelling but still perform well at sessions ...........
Built one at a time in our own UK workshops from imported parts.
FREE with this banjo: 2 spare sets of strings, 4 plectrums and a fitted heavy-duty banjo strap
A resonator model now exists (listed below) and retro-fit "bolt-on" resonator kits will be available later in the year (look on the Banjo Parts & Accessories List under Miscellaneous: Miscellaneous)
Get a great sounding banjo with all the design & build quality that you really need to get (or keep) going on banjo - but at much the same price as (or lower than) many other brands that have few (or none) of these features
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