While Earl Scruggs owned hundreds of banjos throughout his lifetime, he only performed with 5!
Bales Bird's Eye Maple
Ronnie Bales of Gatlinburg, Tennessee (formerly New Market) has been quietly making some of the finest banjos available. Ronnie is known for painstakingly selecting and drying wood for his banjos and has built banjos for some of the most popular performers today. Instead of making necks and purchasing the remainder of the parts, Ronnie builds the necks, rims, resonators and bridges. He worked for many years with Bill Blaylock to develop his own tone ring. The profile of which is modeled after an original Gibson prewar tone ring. The tuners are waverly 2 band and the balance of the parts are Prucha. Ronnie Bales Banjos also feature his turbo rim. The turbo design provides a large room filling sound and makes the banjo less suseptable to changes in humidity. When humidity rises with the standard rim design, the rim swells and the rim / flange fit tightens. This often results in tone being choked.
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Price (Shipping & Insurance Additional): $4,000