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Bradford & Franzke Hawthorn® Model 9467 five-string resonator banjo

Our new Bradford & Franzke Hawthorn Model 9467 mahogany resonator banjo, is named in honor of the legendary batch of Gibson "No Hole" flathead tone ring, "Fatboy rim," banjos built between 1930 and 1934, which batch featured J.D. Crowes famous "Banger" banjo. Jim Mills recently unearthed the "Clanger" banjo, and a handful of other such great sounding banjos.

This banjo features our massive Ozark Thunder 3 pound 10 ounce "No Hole" prewar bronze formula flathead tone ring, a Brian Sims three-ply maple rim machined in a "Fatboy" configuration, and a Steve Gill "pre-war style" resonator. Also featured are concentric circles on the back of the mahogany resonator, full antiqued binding, Style 3 peghead inlay, Flying Eagle fingerboard inlay, a Presto tailpiece, an AMB head, a Huber bridge with "Crowe spacing," and Keith d-tuners and Keith regular tuners.

Gibson pre-war banjo guru Jim Mills had this to say about the Gibson pre-war flathead banjos with No Hole tone rings.Although Jim's remarks werespecific to the old Gibson No Hole banjos, we are convinced that No Hole tone rings provide the superior cutting and penetrating ability he described in his great book on pre-war Mastertone banjos.Our new Model 9467 mahogany banjos feature our Ozark Thunder No Hole flathead tone rings.

"Through the championing of J.D. Crowe alone, these particularly rare style 3 Original Flathead banjos with "No Hole" tonerings have become almost mystical, and are extremely sought after by players and collectors alike for their unique tone characteristics. To my ear they tend to have more of a cutting or penetrating ability than most of the standard 20 hole flathead banjos, and this shows up big time when being played over a microphone. *** They are absolute monsters of tone."
Jim Mills, Gibson Mastertone, Flathead 5-string Banjos of the 1930's and 1940's, page 24