Pete Ross Dobson Banjo, 12" Rim

$2,995
sku: PRDOB-12B

Pete is a serious student of banjo history and incorporates the design sensibilities of the past with modern construction for a versatile openback banjo.   Originally known as a gourd banjo maker, he has applied the same level of study to wood-rimmed banjos, co-curating a museum exhibit on Minstrel banjo makers, and working for many years with builder Kevin Enoch.  He looks to the Cubley and J. French instruments of the 1880's for his inspiration for this Dobson model, designed with and for us.  We are pleased to offer this Elderly Instruments exclusive!

This banjo of vintage tobacco brown stained curly maple has a 12" 2-ply rim, antiqued brass vintage style hardware, Remo Renaissance head and a 25.5" scale length.  Fingerboard is baked maple as are the overlays on front and back of peghead and the rim cap.  Bridge is set slightly back from center, towards the tailpiece, a minor tweak that augments the responsive tone Dobson tone rings are prized for.

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  • Curly maple neck
  • Vintage tobacco brown stain
  • Cubley / J. French style peghead with hand-engraved hexagram inlay
  • 12" hand-bent 2-ply curly maple rim
  • Dobson tone ring
  • Handmade and riveted tension hoop
  • Remo Renaissance head
  • Baked maple fingerboard, peghead overlays (back & front) and rimcap
  • 1-1/4" nut
  • 25.5" scale length
  • Ivoroid position inlays
  • Thumb scoop
  • Patinated brass hardware
  • Brooks tailpiece
  • Dowel stick construction
  • 2-way adjustable truss rod

  • D'Addario J61 medium strings