I designed the Travel Light Banjo to be easily taken apart and reassembled while still providing the best sound possible. Click here to see how it works with a video. It is made of quality woods and hardware made in Canada by Bill Rickard and his crew. Of course you can customize this instrument but in its standard configuration here are the specs (subject to change):
-Rim: an 11” 10 ply walnut rim of laminated construction.
-Tonering: Rickard Silver Bell style in raw brass.
-Tension system: an 18 notch raw brass tension hoop with brass ball shoes secured by brass bolts. Brass hooks and old style nuts tension the Remo Renaissance head.
-Neck: a solid billet of Canadian walnut equipped with a two-way truss rod. Strings are anchored at the top end of the neck and spaced using a bone string guide. The scale length is 26 3/16” incorporating a zero fret and 15 frets ending at a frailing scoop. A 19th fret position marker is inlayed in the scoop to indicated the “cluck” fret. Position markers are maple dots. Fretboard is Jatoba.
-Tuners: black Steinberger gearless 40:1 tuners mounted in a block attached to the heel side of the rim. All the tuners (4 or 5) are located here eliminating the 5th string tuner (if equipped) on the neck.
-Dimensions: Overall length fully assembled is 33 3/4” (85.7 cm). Disassembled footprint is 20 3/4” X 12” X 5” (52.7 cm X 30.5 cm X 12.7 cm). -Weight - 6.4 lb. (3 kg) with resonator. Weight may vary slightly depending on materials.
-None of the products used are materials that are controlled at most border crossings.
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