While Earl Scruggs owned hundreds of banjos throughout his lifetime, he only performed with 5!
Gibson TPF to OPF Granada With Burlile Ring
The Granda was part of the Mastertone line of banjos. This banjo dates from 1926. The banjo left the Gibson factory as an archtop, but was originally intended to be a ballbearing. While holes were never drilled in the rim for the springs, washers and ball bearings, the rim was cut to the ballbearing rim height specification and therefore had a piece of rim added to the top of the rim to accept an archtop ring. This was not unusual during the transition period between ballbearings and archtops. Greg Earnest's website has other examples of such. Robin Smith turned the rim from the thicker 3/4 inch two piece flange rim to the thinner 5/8 inch one piece flange rim. The banjo now has a Wyatt Fawley curly maple neck with flying eagle inlay. The banjo comes with the original tuners and tenor neck. While this banjo has gone through several transformations during its life, the result is a truly superlative sounding banjo as the sound files will attest. The sound files are by two different players. One of the files is pure Scruggs style while the second is a melodic tune . These sound files show what this banjo has in it and is capable of.
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Price (Shipping & Insurance Additional): $6,500