hawthorn top tension

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Bradford & Franzke Hawthorn® RB-7 Style Top Tension banjo

This banjo is built in the style of the CLASSIC 1937-41 Gibson RB-7 top tension resonator banjos. Our Hawthorn top tension banjo has a Red Maple neck and solid Curly Maple resonator with a flat inside surface. Our favorite tone ring and rim combination is the new Kulesh Big 10 and Randall Wyatt birch block rim, but virtually any tone ring and rim combination is available. It has a full, rich and clear tone all the way up the neck and is plenty loud. Great for melodic banjo styles as well as straight ahead Bluegrass picking. As an option, we can include our Copperhead™ aluminum top tension hoop and special cast and machined Copperhead™ reinforced aluminum flange, which makes for an even lighter banjo. A big bluegrass top tension sound without all the weight.

  • Kulesh Big 10 tone ring standard

  • Randall Wyatt birch block rim or optional Jimmy Cox hard rock maple three-ply rim

  • Optional Tony Pass Thinskirt® birch block rim ($200 upcharge)

  • Red maple neck

  • Dual action truss rod

  • Rosewood fingerboard with classic slotted bowtie inlays

  • Hefty 12 inch radius on fingerboard as used on the original RB-7 Gibson top tension banjos from 1937 to 1941

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

  • Period correct carved solid back maple resonator, flat on the inside made for us by master luthier Clancy Mullins in East Tennessee

  • Dark cordovan color with slight burst finish

  • AMB top tension hardware or our own Copperhead™ top tension hoop and flange cast from Eco Brass®, CNC machined, and nickel plated. Aluminum Copperhead™ top tension hoop and flange

  • Nickel plated hardware

  • Waverly tuners with period-correct "Gumdrop"amber buttons

  • Huber head and bridge

  • Dual coordinator rods

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

  • Full warranty to original purchaser

  • Prices start at $4500