C. Waldman 12" Chromatic (Step-Side) 12" Openback Banjo, No. 137

$1,695
sku: CW137
An intriguing openback banjo, this C. Waldman Step-Side Chromatic offers impressive tone. Features include a 12" 3-ply cherry rim and a hand-carved cherry neck. It has Waldman's own integral all-wood "Tone Rim" (see Details section below) of majestic Douglas Fir (which has more power than redwood). Impeccably handcrafted in the USA in Chuck's one-person shop.   More Details...

  • 12" 3-Ply Cherry Rim
  • Douglas Fir Tone Rim, Coved -- with 3 Tone Holes*
  • Cherry Neck
  • 1/4" x 3/8" Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rod
  • 17 Fret Royal Blackwood Fingerboard w/ 36" radius, Scooped
  • 25-1/2" Scale Length
  • EVO Fretwire
  • Claro Walnut accent woods
  • Claro Walnut hand carved tailpiece
  • Brass Hardware & shop-built tension hoop
  • Gotoh Tuners, Brass w/ White Buttons
  • Modified Standard Bridge 
  • Renaissance Head
  • Hand-rubbed oil varnish finish
  • D'Addario J-55 Strings
  • Oil Varnish Finish
*This model has 3 vertical holes in the rim that vary in depth according to the fret scale. This adds sympathetic tones in the same family as the chromatic scale of fretted notes. Other features of the Chromatic are a varied rim wall thickness, coved tone rim and the select combinations of wood.