hawthorn guitars HAWTHORN TOP TENSION BANJO

Bradford & Franzke Hawthorn® Top Tension Banjos

These banjos are built in the style of the 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. They have a full, rich and clear tone all the way up the neck and are 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.