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Bradford & Franzke Hawthorn® Hoppers Tradition five-string resonator banjo

Our Hoppers Tradition banjo was designed and set up by Missouri banjo legend and former Blue Grass Boy Lonnie Hoppers. Lonnie wanted an all mahogany banjo with a Tennessee 20 tone ring, a Jimmy Cox three ply maple rim, "Reno pattern" Flying Eagle inlay, and Hoppers cam type d-tuners built in. Mark Franzke builds a maple cross piece into the headstock to reinforce the double cut peghead for the drilled holes for the Hoppers d-tuners, making for a very stable install for the Hoppers d-tuners. Lonnie does the setup on these banjos. Lonnie loved the more reddish stain of one of Mark's Franzke banjos and asked for that color on his Hoppers Tradition banjo. Lonnie says this banjo has great bluegrass tone and is very easy to play. As it came out, the Hoppers Tradition banjo is very close in design to the classic Gibson RB-75 banjo.

  • Straight grain mahogany neck"Double Cut" peghead

  • Jimmy Cox mahogany resonator with period correct twin inlayed concentric circles

  • Tennessee 20 tone ring

  • Optional Ozark Thunderâ„¢ "No hole" flathead tone ring

  • Jimmy Cox three ply hard rock maple rim

  • Waverly tuners

  • Hoppers cam style d-tuners

  • Nickel plated hardware

  • Dual action truss rod

  • Dual coordinator rods

  • Rosewood fretboard with classic "Reno Pattern" Flying Eagle inlay on peghead

  • Flat or radiused rosewood fingerboard

  • No finish on back of neck (speed neck) optional

  • Full binding on resonator and neck

  • High gloss dark red sunburst finish

  • Huber bridge and head

  • Presto tailpiece

  • Premium Hardshell Case or optional Custom Tweed Embroidered Ameritage Hardshell case

  • Full Warranty to original purchaser

  • Hoppers Tradition Price is $3700