Booth, Noel: ANTEBELLUM OB(Item ID: ANTEBELLUM OB Serial#: 55)
"Antebellum" Tackhead Open Back Fretless Banjo
From the Noel Booth website:
"Noel Booth hand crafts all his fine banjos in his small shop in Balsam, North Carolina. He was schooled in instrument design, construction and repair with Brian Gallup in Michigan. He gained valuable production woodworking experience while making wooden kayak and canoe paddles at Silver Creek Paddles in Bryson City, NC and building open back banjos with Cedar Mountain Banjos in Brevard, NC.
He prides himself on making quality old time banjos that play and sound GREAT!
When not making his distinctive old time banjos you can find Noel kayaking the local rivers, backpacking in the Smokies or attempting to find the perfect cup of coffee."
We were first introduced to the work of the very talented Noel Booth by one of our customers who owns two old time gut string type banjos made by him. Though neither is an Antebellum model, what is striking about them is their superb workmanship and their sound. They are very interesting to play partly because they are fretless, but also because of the unique tone produced by the gut strings. What makes this Antebellum model especially interesting is its longer scale which supports a lower pitched tuning, kind of like a baritone banjo. And, even though this instrument is strung with nylon strings instead of gut, it still has a sound that is rustic and warm.
For a taste of how the Antebellum sounds, go to:oldfiddleroad.com .
* Fretless with Scoop
* 12” Hoop Rim
* Cocobolo Fingerboard
* Tack Skin Head
* Mahogany Neck with Dowel Stick
* Nylon Strings
* Standard headstock
* Friction Peg Tuners
* Handmade “5 foot” Bridge
* Long Scale length (28.5")
This banjo does not include a case or gigbag.
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