Hawthorn banjos

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Bradford & Franzke Hawthorn® Walnut Bowtie five-string resonator banjo

This banjo features a straight grain walnut neck and a beautiful burl walnut resonator, with an arched ebony fretboard. Per walnut banjo tradition, this beautiful banjo is chrome plated. It includes a Huber Vintage flathead tone ring. A special feature are the very cool reissue Kluson replica tuners with the tulip buttons that Gibson used on the classic Bowties of the 50s and 60s.

  • Walnut neck

  • Burled Walnut resonator

  • Tennessee 20, Kulesh Big 10, or our own Ozark Thunderâ„¢ "No hole" flathead tone ring

  • Sullivan archtop tone ring available upon request

  • 3-ply hard rock maple rim

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

  • Chrome plated hardware

  • Dual action truss rod

  • Ebony or rosewood fretboard with classic bowtie inlays

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

  • Full binding on resonator and neck

  • High gloss finish

  • Kluson reissue tuners with "tulip" buttons

  • Optional Hoppers cam tuners ($200) or Keith tuners ($250)

  • Dual coordinator rods

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

  • Full Warranty to original purchaser

  • Prices for the Hawthorn Walnut Bowtie start at $3900

The Kluson company has recently reissued the venerable Kluson banjo tuners as used on the old Gibson Bowties of the 50's and 60's. The new tuners include the classic tulip buttons. We offer these period-correct, but new tuners as an option on our Hawthorn Bowties. In contrast to some of the balky original Klusons, these new ones work as smooth as butter. We think they give our Bowties a cool and authentic vintage vibe.