We have just taken delivery of another Wildwood Banjo from Arcata California. The Wildwood ‘Minstrel’ clawhammer open-back banjo, pictured above, arrived yesterday and features all of the attention to detail that has kept Wildwood one of North America’s top banjo makers for 30 years. The Wildwood banjos feature slightly wider necks, their own version of the Tubaphone-style tone ring, maple neck with ebony fingerboard, ebony peghead veneer & heal cap, nickel plated brass hardware and a fiberskin head.
Wildwood banjo necks are 2 piece. laminated maple with an ebony black veneer down the center line. Laminated necks are inherently stronger and more stable than most 1 pc. necks. Each neck is reinforced with a 2-way adjustable truss rod system. Binding and wood purfling along the side of the neck is standard on all models except the Minstrel. The intensity of the figure in the wood, as well as the complexity of the inlays increase with each model.
Wildwood rims are completely different from conventional rims. Where as conventional rims are “wrapped laminates”, our rims are machined from solid rock maple blocks. The effect is obvious as soon as you play one of our banjos. The volume, the clarity, the character of the sound are all due to the solid nature of these rims. Each rim is machined to exacting spec’s, bound and purfled to match the neck (on open back models only), and stained to match the color of the neck.
Wildwood resonators are 3-ply inner core of hard maple, and veneered top and sides with either fancy curly/fiddleback maple, or burl figure black walnut. They are bound with cream colored ivoroid binding and purfled with wood marquetry to match the neck. These resonators not only add volume and drive but elegance and beauty as well!