C. Waldman 12" Chromatic (Step-Side) Openback Banjo, No. 122

sku: CW122
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 Claro Walnut rim and a hand-carved Claro Walnut neck from a very special Heritage Tree -- perhaps the largest Balck Walnut in the Pacific Northwest. It has Waldman's own integral all-wood "Tone Rim" (see Details section below) of re-claimed coastal redwood. The decorative details are Manzanita from a tree on Chuck's own property.  Impeccably handcrafted in the USA in Chuck's one-person shop.   More Details...

  • 12" 3-Ply Claro Walnut Rim from a Heritage Tree
  • Re-claimed California Coastal Redwood Tone Rim -- with 3 Tone Holes*
  • Claro Walnut Neck
  • 1/4" x 3/8" Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rod
  • 17 Fret Ebony Fingerboard w/ 36" radius, Scooped
  • 25-1/2" Scale Length
  • EVO Fretwire
  • Brass Hardware
  • Gotoh Tuners, Brass w/ White Buttons
  • Hand-Carved Manzanita Tailpiece
  • Manzanita Accent Woods
  • Custom Waldman Bridge 
  • Renaissance Head
  • 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.