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This is a faithful replica of the mail order instruments sold by Montgomery Ward in the 1920s and 1930s. It is well-suited for traditional chordal tenor banjo style as well as melodic (e.g. Irish traditional) style. It can be tuned strung for the traditional tenor banjo “viola” tuning (C-G-D-A); however, this one is strung with “Irish Tenor Banjo” strings (John Pearse) for the octave mandolin/fiddle tuning (G-D-A-E). This is often called the “Irish” tuning.
The narrow 19-fret neck makes playing easy, and the 23" scale is typical of the early 20th century tenor banjos. Most, especially those playing melodic Celtic style, will employ the common practice of using a capo on the 2nd fret to shorten the scale, effectively making it a 17 fret tenor banjo. The open-back rim features 16 brackets holding down a REMO Fiberskyn head for the classic period-correct tenor sound.
The instrument, as shipped by Recording King, is fit with really lame tiny geared tuners. This one has been upgraded with proper 5-Star (Stewart-MacDonald) planetary pegs.
- Maple Neck w/ Adjustable Truss Rod
- 5-Star (Stewart-MacDonald) Planetary Pegs
- Multi-Ply Maple Rim
- Rosewood Fretboard
- 16 Brackets
- Single Coordinator Rod
- Presto-Style Tailpiece
- Maple/Ebony 5/8” Bridge
- Nickel-Plated Hardware
- Brown Satin Finish
- 23" scale