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    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.
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Exact appearance of new instruments may vary.

  • 12" 2-Ply (plus step) Cherry Rim
  • Douglas Fir Tone Rim, Coved -- with 3 Tone Holes*
  • Cherry Neck
  • 1/4" x 3/8" Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rod
  • 17 Fret Ebony Fingerboard w/ 36" radius, scooped
  • 15/16" nut width
  • 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/ Black Buttons
  • Custom off-set 3-leg 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.

C. Waldman 12" Chromatic (Step-Side) 12" Openback Banjo, No. 145

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SKU: CW145

Regular price
$1,695 USD
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$1,695 USD
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.
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More Details

Exact appearance of new instruments may vary.
  • 12" 2-Ply (plus step) Cherry Rim
  • Douglas Fir Tone Rim, Coved -- with 3 Tone Holes*
  • Cherry Neck
  • 1/4" x 3/8" Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rod
  • 17 Fret Ebony Fingerboard w/ 36" radius, scooped
  • 15/16" nut width
  • 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/ Black Buttons
  • Custom off-set 3-leg 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.