The MINSTREL, like the Tupelo, gives a warm and woody Old-Timey sound. With a scrolled peg head and Mother-of-Pearl shell inlay in the Frailing scoop, this model is fashioned after the American Antebellum banjos. The 2-ply solid walnut rim is 9/16” thick and is capped with black Ebonite and bound with simulated Tortoise shell. A varnish finish is hand-rubbed generously and then sealed. The OME 12” walnut Tone Rim construction combined with less brackets and wood rim-rod produce our “woodiest” Old-Time banjo tone. The MINSTREL is made with the same care and precision as other OME instruments and comes with a deluxe hard-shell case, and Limited Lifetime Warranty. Specs:25.5” scale and 1.34” nut width17-fret Ebony fingerboard with S-scoopTwo-way adjustable truss rodMother-of-Pearl Star in fingerboard scoopScroll peghead with Ebony overlayBoat-shaped Ebony-capped heelInlaid front and side position markersHand-filed and shaped hardened nickel-silver frets and bone string nutCapo spikes at 7th and 9th fretsOME 4:1 planetary tuners with amber acrylic knobsTung-oil varnish finish
12” 2-ply walnut OME Tone Rim
Ebonite-capped and simulated Tortoise-bound rim
14 rim brackets and heavy notched tension hoop
Renaissance head and Sweetone tailpiece
Wood rim-rod and Trillium bridge
Hand-stained and satin lacquer finished; aged brass OME hardware
Deluxe Hard-shell case and Limited Lifetime Warranty
OME wooden armrest
All instruments from the Old Town School Music Store are professionally inspected and set-up before shipping, and directly support the missions, programs, and continued growth of the Old Town School of Folk Music.
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