Davidson 'Archtop' Custom Deluxe - Short Scale Tenor

'Archtop' Custom Deluxe - Short Scale Tenor
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Highest quality, 'Archtop' short scale tenor banjo hand built by the master luthier Phil Davidson.
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Buy your Davidson 'Archtop' Custom Deluxe - Short Scale Tenor from Eagle Music Shop and receive our premier workshop setup at no extra cost.

The 'archtop' tone-ring  is the only choice for 'short scale banjos' that are drop-tuned for Irish G, D, A, E style. The 'archtop' tone-ring gives a much more lively sound and is much more responsive to the player than the 'flat-headed' tone-ring that works best on bluegrass banjos. Phil Davidson has become one of the most sought after instrument builders in Britain ...We are proud at Eagle Music Shop to work with Phil in his designs and hold these superb banjos in stock.

The pot assembly ...
A selected rock maple 3-ply rim is the foundation of this fine banjo. The rim assembly is completely hand built to the maximum thickness, inlaid and fitted with a virgin bell bronze nickel plated USA 'first quality' Bill Sullivan 'Arch-top' tone ring. The rim is turned perfectly to fit a nickel plated tube in the design of pre-war Gibson banjos. A flange can be fitted if you require a resonator. The separate tube and flange design is said to be a key element of the sound of the pre-war Gibson Mastertone banjos. The double coordinating rods and all other hardware is the finest quality solid brass, triple nickel plated. A nickel plated Kershner tailpiece is fitted as standard to give maximum transmission of sound into the banjo head. A 'First Quality' white faced head is fitted to give that classy natural vellum look. The pot is fully bound in cream figured ivoroid. The maple rim is stained in a rich brown to match the solid mahogany neck.

The neck assembly ...
is built from solid mahogany, and fully bound in cream ivoroid to match the banjo pot. The neck is also fitted with an adjustable two-way truss rod. The ebony fingerboard is inlaid with natural abalone pearl dot markers. The headstock is faced with ebony and inlaid with the Davidson mother-of-pearl logo. A set of the finest quality 5-Star tuners are fitted for precision tuning.

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Category 4 String Banjo
Playing Level Intermediate, Professional
Playing Style Irish GDAE, Jazz / Singalong CGDA
Body Type Open back
Number of Frets 17
Tuning Pegs Rear Facing Planetry Pegs
Delivery & Returns


We will endeavor to ensure that orders are speedily processed and despatched the same day if at all possible.

Ordered items requiring setting up in the workshop will be despatched within 1-2 days using DPD Local Next Day Delivery (next day being the day after it leaves Eagle Music Shop). On the day of delivery you will receive a text message with your hours delivery time slot

You will be informed immediately if there is a problem with any part of your order or if any item is 'out of stock'.

NB : Orders processed on a Saturday but will not leave us until the Monday as Royal Mail and DPD Local do not collect from us at the Weekend.

You can read our full deliveries policy here.

Should you not be entirely happy with your purchase, or you have ordered an incorrect item, Eagle Music is happy to refund your purchase (excluding postage) within 28 days providing the goods are in a fully resaleable condition (including the original undamaged packaging) and not featured within the Exclusion Policy. (Exclusions apply to selected products).

Please note the following exclusions:

DVD's and CD's cannot be returned unless they are faulty

Banjo heads cannot be returned once you have tried to fit them to your banjo

Harmonica's have a 7 day guarantee and can be returned within this time if they are found to be faulty

Goods must be returned to Eagle Music together with a covering letter and contact details so that the matter can be dealt with efficiently and promptly.

You can read our full returns policy here.

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