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Tonewood DB 45T Tenor Banjo

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Tonewood DB-45T 19 Fret Tenor Banjo

19 fret tenor banjos were originally used for Jazz style playing. They have however become the instrument of choice for Irish Tenor banjo players who wish to have a more consistent tone across all 4 strings.* Tonewood DB-45T Resonator 19 fret Tenor Banjo is easily the best sounding and best value “Tone Ring” resonator banjo on the market today at this price!

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Based on a “Pre Mastertone” design in so much as it has has a rolled brass tone ring as opposed to the heavy cast tone rings of the later “Mastertone” banjos The Tonewood DB-45/T has a Mahogany veneered wooden laminate rim upon which the rolled brass “tone Ring” is mounted.

Attached to the rim via 24 traditional style shoe brackets is a chrome plated “Key Hole Cut” flange plate which in turn 24 rounded bracket hooks* pass through the shoe brackets to hold a heavy notched stretcher band in place. The “stretcher band” or “tension hoop” applies tension to the Frosted Remo Weather King Banjo Head which is fitted as standard.

The pot hard ware is completed with a chrome plated armrest which is secured on a single bracket and a fully adjustable traditional style chrome plated Waverley style Banjo Tailpiece.

The bridge is a Minstrel style 3 footed Maple bridge with an Ebony cap. The fully bound high gloss mahogany resonator has double concentric ring inlays, and attaches to the body with 4 easily accessible traditional thumb screws that pass through the flange.

The Neck

The figured Mahogany neck is complimented with full parchment coloured binding and is attached to the pot with an internal Lag Bolt and a single co-ordinator rod**. Within the neck construction is an adjustable truss rod which is protected by a 3 screw bell shaped truss rod cover.

The neck has a dark rosewood fret board which is inlaid with the traditional “Hearts and Flowers” inlay in acrylic Pearl at frets 1, 3,5,7,10,12,15,17,19 and 21. This hearts and flowers motif is repeated in the head stock decoration and Where the neck meets the rim the neck is has an eye catching white/black/white triple laminate heel cap.

The tuners are planetary geared, back facing machines boasting pearloid buttons.

The Tonewood DB-45/T Banjo Specification.

  • Fully Bound Mahogany Neck
  • Rolled Brass pre “Mastertone” Style tone ring
  • Back Facing Planetary Geared Tuners
  • Hearts and Flowers inlay
  • Remo Weather King Banjo Head
  • 12″ Mahogany Laminated Rim
  • 24 Tension Brackets
  • Maple/Rosewood 5/8″ Bridge
  • “Waverley” Style Tail piece*When choosing a banjo to play Irish music you need to be aware of the Playability versus Tone “trade off” regarding neck length.17 fret banjos can be played using mandolin fingering and are therefore easier to navigate for the beginner. The Irish tuning however dictates that the the low G on 17 fret instruments has has a duller tone than the D,A & E Strings due to a lower string tension.19 fret banjos do not seem to have this quirk which is overcome by the higher string tension. This gives the 19 fret banjo a distinct tonal advantage over the 17 fret banjo. The 19 fret instrument is however designed for guitarist fingering which can make reaching for that seventh fret on the 1st string a bit of a stretch!
Tonewood DB 45T Tenor Banjo

Tonewood DB 45T Tenor Banjo. Based on a “Pre Mastertone” design in so much as it has has a rolled brass tone ring as opposed to the heavy cast tone rings of the later “Mastertone” banjos The Tonewood DB-45/T has a Mahogany veneered wooden laminate rim upon which the rolled brass “tone...

  • Price: £249.00
  • Brand: Tonewood
  • Model: Tonewood DB 45T Tenor Banjo
  • Product ID: Tonewood DB 45T Tenor Banjo

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