updated 09.21.2018

Jim's Banjo Page ("The Herd")




Huber VRB-G

2005, VGC, and sounds incredible. Hand-built by Steve Huber.
Acquired from the collection of a professional musician during a visit
to Banjo Camp North in Groton, Massachusetts. Good sound and
playability all over the neck, great with a capo or open strings.
The neck is rock hard maple and the vibrations follow all the
way down to your gut - I call it the "Stelling Killer".
Specifications are as follows:

- Huber "vintage flathead" gold plated 20-hole tonering
- 3-ply rock maple rim
- One piece die cast flange
- Waverly V2 tuners
- Curley maple neck, curley maple sunburst resonator
- Rosewood fingerboard w/ flying eagle
- Antique binding
- Heavy gold hardware plating
- Pre-war style engraving
- Wadsworth 5/8 'old piano' bridge
- Clamshell tailpiece
- Spikes at frest 7 & 9
- TKL Hard shell case
- Presently set-up with 10,11,13,20JD,10

Out of Production





Yates Rattlesnake

2006, VGC, (serial number #11) with a great mahogany sound.
Recently acquired as new old stock. This was my first banjo
with a radiused neck - very comfortable to play. Rumor has
it this was the banjo of choice by a 2006
Merlefest banjo competition winner and 3 time Georgia
State Flatpick Guitar/Banjo Winner in the Atlanta music store
where it was offered. Set-up was directly as-is from Warren
Yates, a nice guy and a hell of a banjo player.
Specifications are as follows:

- Mahogany neck and resonator
- Rosewood radiused fingerboard w/ Recluse inlay (Yates proprietary)
- Tone ring, 20-hole: Venom (Yates proprietary)
- Heavy nickel plated hardware
- Yates designed radiused bridge & tailpiece
- TKL hardshell case
- Presently set-up with 10,11,13,20JD,10

Out of Production





Gibson Blackjack

2004, VGC, with the Gibson Crowe tonering that gives it a
great "cracking" mahogany sound. Having heard several Blackjacks,
some good and some not so good, I believe this is one of the
really good ones. This was my first "New Gibson" banjo, and I probably
played it for several years every night for at least an hour. When
I take this out of the case - I'm good for at least 2 or 3 hours
of serious 'memory lane' picking. The sound is "tubby-tubby-tubby"
My #1 player. Specifications are as follows:

- Mahogany pre-war v-shaped neck
- Mahogany resonator with concentric rings
- Maple 3-ply rim
- Rosewood fingerboard w/ old Gibson Style 3 inlay
- JD Crowe 20-hole old gold plated tone ring
- Old-gold plated hardware (gold over copper flash)
- Gibson hard shell case
- Suuffy Smith 5/8 old-wood bridge (thinned slightly)
- Presently set-up with 10,11,13,20JD,10, bridge up for a tubby sound!

Out of Production





Kyle Smith Legend

2007, Mint condition, custom made gold plated maple banjo
hand-built by Kyle Smith (the set-up specialist) of Cherry Plains,
Tennessee. Top quality beautiful bluegrass banjo in all respects,
includes recent set-up by Kyle also. To me, this feels just like
a Granada, but with a much better sound (could be the tone ring/rim
combination) and a slightly more comfortable neck.

- Highly figured curly maple neck
- Highly figured / flamed curly maple resonator
- Pass 600TS rim
- Rosewood fingerboard w/ flying eagle inlays
- Gold plated Tennessee 20 tone ring
- Gold plated hardware
- TKL hard shell case
- Sosebee 5/8 old-wood bridge
- Presently set-up with 10,11,13,20JD,10, bridge up for a tubby sound!
- Recent set up by Kyle Smith also

Custom Built





Ridge Standard

2011, VGC, Beautiful maple and ebony banjo custom built by
Darrel Carender of Pawnee, OK under Ridge Instruments. Banjo has a
slightly radiused neck, Curtis McPeak tone ring, and a fretboard that
would give any production Blackjack a run for it's money.

- Maple neck and resonator
- 3-ply maple rim
- Curtis McPeak Tone Ring
- Ebony fretboard w/ original Crowe inlays
- Layered binding
- Waverly tuners (Upgrade)
- Standard hard shell case
- Wadsworth old-piano radiused bridge
- Presently set-up with 10,11,13,20JD,10!
- Spikes on 7, 8, and 9

Custom Built




Gibson RB-250

1971, VGC, standard completely original Gibson RB-250.
Great playing and sounding banjo. Originally purchased from
a Pastor in North Carolina, the proceeds for which were used
to put a new roof on their church. As they say: "The RB-250
was the workhorse of the Gibson Mastertone line from the 1950s
through the 70s. Includes one of the original Kulesh tone rings."

- Mahogany neck and resonator
- 3-ply rim
- Kulesh tone ring
- Ebony fingerboard w/ standard RB-250 inlay
- Single white binding
- Five Star tuners
- TKL hard shell case
- Snuffy Smith 5/8 old-wood bridge
- Presently set-up with 10,11,13,20JD,10!

Out of Production





Gibson RB4

1994, VGC, standard completely original Gibson RB4 reiussue.
Great playing and sounding banjo. Originally acquired from
John Drummond on consignment from a long time local bluegrass
picker of over 30 years. This baby's got a lot of miles on it, but
it's also one of the best sounding banjos I own - a favorite player
with a great sounding 4th string.

- Walnut neck and resonator
- 3-ply maple rim
- Gibson standard tone ring
- Ebony fingerboard w/ flying eagle
- Single white binding
- Waverly tuners
- Custom cedar creek hard shell case
- Snuffy Smith 5/8 old-wood bridge
- Presently set-up with 10,11,13,20JD,10!

Out of Production




"Frankin-banjo"

2009, VGC, This is my "road banjo" that I play out with a lot.
Selman mahogany Style 3 neck on a Washburn B120 pot.
Tim Selman of Delslow W did an absolutely spectacular job, Mastertone
specs, mahogany, with Style-3 inlays. New Pictures forthcoming.
The Washburn neck simply could not be saved.
Pretty beat up, not great - but not terrible either.
Has a decent bell brass tone ring at 49 ounces.
I modified the original B120 extensively - if you're interested
in what I did you can go here.

- Mahogony neck and resonator
- 3-ply maple rim
- Bell brass standard tone ring
- Rosewood fingerboard w/ Style 3 inlays
- Single white binding
- Waverly tuners (Upgrade)
- Custom cedar creek hard shell case
- Wadsworth old-piano bridge
- Presently set-up with 10,11,13,20JD,10!

Floor Sweep (Spare Parts Banjo)



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