Banjo Fact

While Earl Scruggs owned hundreds of banjos throughout his lifetime, he only performed with 5!

Bales Roble with Prewar Gibson Rim

Bales Roble Full Front

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. For this banjo, Ronnie made the neck, the resonator and bridge. Additionally, 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.

Item Details & Picture Links

FON or Serial Number: None
Year: 2014
Manufacturer: Ronnie Bales of Bales Banjos
Period (Prewar / Modern): Modern with Prewar Rim
Tone Ring: Current Version (Bill Blaylock)
Neck: Hand Selected Mahogany with
Ebony Fingerboard and Green Abalone Inlays
Rim: Gibson Prewar TB-11 3 Ply Maple Rim
Hooks & Nuts: Prucha Gold Plated Steel
Tuners: Waverly 2 Band with Ron Barnes Buttons
Head: Remo Wagon Wheel
Bridge: Bales
Tailpiece: Prucha Presto
Tension Hoop and Flange: Prucha
Armrest: Prucha

Music Note
Full Front
Full Back
Pot Side
Neck Front
Neck Back
Neck Side
Peghead Front
Peghead Back
Resonator Back
Resonator Inside

Price (Shipping & Insurance Additional): $5,000