C. Waldman 12" Chromatic (Step-Side) Openback Banjo

sku: CW114
An intriguing openback banjo, this C. Waldman Chromatic offers clear, rich tones from bass to treble but still with lots of pop. Features include a 12" 3-ply Cherry rim, a hand-carved Cherry neck with carbon fiber reinforcement rod, and Waldman's own integral all-wood "Tone Rim" (see Details section below).  Impeccably handcrafted in the USA in Chuck's one-person shop.   More Details...

  • 12" 3-Ply Cherry Rim
  • Padauk Tone Rim -- with 3 Tone Holes*
  • Cherry Neck with Claro Walnut Center Strip
  • 1/4" x 3/8" Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rod
  • 17 Fret Ebony Fingerboard w/ 36" radius, Scooped
  • 25-1/2" Scale Length
  • EVO Fretwire
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • Hand-Carved Claro Walnut Tailpiece
  • Claro Walnut Accent Woods
  • Custom  Ebony-tipped Bridge with 4 Feet
  • Renaissance Head
  • D'Addario J-55 Strings
  • Shellac/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.