Our Banjos

Hardwoods
 
 
Here at the Cornish Banjo Company we are passionate about our native hardwoods. There are superb tonal and structural qualities to be found in some of our local species. Sycamore particularly is fabulously sonorous and is known to offer a quality of figure above many others. We also work with other non native species to order; American Maple, Walnut, Rosewood, Mahogany etc but with our local hardwoods we are able to guarantee sustainability to help support our long tradition of ethical forestry and woodland management here in the UK.
 
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Necks
 
Our necks feature a dual action truss rod offering ultimate control and neck stability. Our standard material choice for the fretboard is Ebony but others are available upon request. The headstock veneer is made from Ebony or Cornish Applewood. The inlay is either one or a combination of Abalone, Mother of Pearl or Cornish Cow Bone (our personal favourite and signature inlay material. Cut from the remains of a deceased cow shin bone, it is a very hard white material that has been used for hundreds of years for many different purposes. NO cows are harmed by the CBC!). The neck can be shaped exactly as requested or replicated to match that of another.
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Rims
Our rims are made by using a 3-ply steam bent construction. This method of construction is an extremely delicate process and the traditional technique has been almost completely modified and refined by Louis to offer the most stable design. 
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Resonators
The resonator is laminated and steam bent with a decorative binding and stringing is applied. There is also the option of a highly figured (flame, ripple) vanneer on the back of the resonator soundboard.
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Bridges
We have explored the bridge design and experimented with materials, sizes and foot prints profusely. Our findings reveal a great difference in tonal quality between them but all retain a richness of sound. The standard for a driving bluegrass ring features a Sycamore base with an Ebony top. For a deep, gloriously mellow tone we offer an all Ebony construction (John Dowling's favourite), increasingly becoming popular by all who here it.   
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Tailpiece
The Cornish Banjo Company are proud to use Fults Tailpieces. In our opinion there is no other tailpiece that offers the same quality of sound or setup versatility.
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