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Wildwood Artist Custom Banjo – NO LONGER AVAILABLE


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Please Note! Wildwood Banjos are no longer available as new due to the builder’s retirement. This post is maintained for historical reference purposes.

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Comments Presenting the Wildwood Artist Custom Banjo with wooden tone ring!

Mark Platen had been building fine banjos for the Twelfth Fret for over 20 years, and his workmanship and attention to detail are superb.

The Wildwood Artist Custom Banjo is a Bluegrass oriented model and offers a historic ‘Gibson Clone’ banjo with Mark’s understated and elegant inlay, marquetry and premium woods. The Bronze tone-ring is fitted to a substantial block-rim which maximizes sustain and clarity.

For years we have carried the wood tone ring Wildwood ‘Exotic Wood’ open back banjo, fitted with a Wenge wood tone ring and Wildwood now offers this tone ring as an option on the Artist Bluegrass model.

Tonally, we hear a fuller, rounder bass with warmer trebles and the weight savings is substantial over the cast Bronze tone ring version. Woods, inlay and finish are as always with Wildwood — stunning indeed!

Wildwood banjos include a premium hardshell, arch top case.

Neck Flame maple neck with bound ebony fingerboard, mother of pearl and abalone inlays. 26.25 inch scale length, 1.25 inch nut width.
Frets Standard fretwire and very clean fretwork.
Body Flame maple resonator, wood tone ring, cast 1 piece flange.
Finish Walnut tint clear gloss finish.
Hardware/electronics Nickel plating; Goto tuners, brass and bronze hardware is also nickel plated.
Playability/Action Wildwood banjos play extremely well, and we will of course set up the instrument to the player’s requirements.
Case Hardshell, arch top case included.


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Price: $0.00 CAD
  • Model: Artist Custom
  • Year: 2014
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varied as New
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 19/06/2014

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Scale Length: 26.25in 666.75mm
  • Nut Width: 1.25in 31.75mm

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