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❌SOLD❌ Ian Pattison Openback Frailing Banjo Black Walnut, 2021


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Here we have a new Ian Pattison openback Frailing banjo with a Maple rim capped with Black Walnut, an 11″ Five Star Rolled Brass tone ring and a Remo Fiberskyn #3 head.

Built during 2021 near Guelph, Ontario, this Pattison Openback Frailing banjo also features a three-piece Maple neck with Black Walnut center strip, bookmatched head plate and dual-action truss rod. The Indian Ebony fingerboard has a 26.5 inch scale length and sports engraved Mother of Pearl inlays and an S type Frailing scoop.

For hardware, there are excellent Gotoh planetary tuners with black buttons, a Pattison tailpiece, 18 hooks and a compensated bridge. This banjo, like many other Pattison instruments, has a hand-rubbed Rubio oil finish.

This openback frailing banjo is sold without case, but we carry a range of banjo gig bags and hard cases.

Here’s Ian Pattison on building instruments:

“My studio of stringed instruments has 40 plus years of history in creating and building –not only the status quo — but, pieces that are unique and one of a kind.   All of my instruments… banjos, mandolins, guitars and dulcimers are individually hand crafted by me from the designing, selection of all the materials, hand shaping the parts, inlaying and applying all finishes.
It is my attention to the fine details that complete the artistic craftsmanship and upon completion allow these pieces to be timeless and in some cases, have become family heirlooms.   My love for music – the playing, writing, learning, listening and most importantly the sculpting of new instruments – is essential for the journey I have travelled. My taste in music encompasses a broad spectrum and is reflected in the diversity of instruments I enjoy building.”


Price: $2,150.00 CAD
  • Model: Openback Frailing
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Rubio Oil Finish
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: 87B
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 25/08/2022

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Instrument Weight: 6.644lbs 3.02kg
  • Scale Length: 26.5in 673.1mm
  • Nut Width: 1.208in 30.69mm

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