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Erin Short Scale 17 Fret 'Archtop' Custom Deluxe

Short Scale 17 Fret 'Archtop' Custom Deluxe
  • £2,499.00

Exclusive to Eagle Music Shop, the Erin 'Archtop' short scale 17 fret tenor banjo is probably the finest banjo available for Irish and folk style music.
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Buy your Erin Short Scale 17 Fret 'Archtop' Custom Deluxe 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 tenor banjos' that are drop-tuned for Irish G, D, A, E style. The 'archtop' tone-ring gives a much more lively sound and is far more responsive to the player than the 'flat-headed' tone-ring that work 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.
'Erin' banjos are the brainchild of Steve Noon, the owner of Eagle Music Shop. Steve an Irish tenor banjo player himself, has put all his years of experience and design features into these state-of-art world class banjos, he has combined in the 'Erin' the very best features of all the fine banjos that he has been lucky enough to own and play. There is no compromise for quality

The custom deluxe 'Erin' short scale 'Archtop' boasts the following highest quality features …

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 40 hole '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 faced in ebony fully bound in vintage ivoroid and beautifully inlaid with natural abalone, both inside and outside. The natural maple rim is high gloss polished to match the maple neck.

The neck assembly ...
The short scale 17 fret neck is built from solid rock, tiger stripe or birds eye maple, triple laminated with maple and ebony, also fitted with an adjustable truss rod. The neck is also fitted with an adjustable two-way truss rod. The ebony fingerboard is inlaid with mother-of-pearl stars and diamonds. The headstock facing will be the same on all models ...The headstock shape is based on a classic late 1800s design, it is ebony faced and inlaid with mother-of-pearl 'Erin' script, star and Davidson Celtic insignia.

All binding is the classic look ivoroid with natural abalone. The hand made pearl truss rod cover is standard. A set of the finest quality Waverley vintage tuners are fitted for precision tuning.

Please ring if you need more details and custom options.



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
Supplied with Case/Gig Bag None
Manufacturers Warranty Lifetime
Delivery & Returns

  Royal Mail announce changes to Special Delivery and Customer Service Points.
In light of the recent advice given by the government regarding COVID-19, please be aware of the following announcement from Royal Mail advising of changes to their services.

Special Deliveries.

Due to increased absence levels, we’ve reviewed our timed guarantees for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am and 1pm services and will make the following changes.

For items posted from Tuesday 31 March 2020 onwards, our guarantee delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9.00am the next working day will change to by 12.00pm the next working day*. Our guaranteed delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1.00pm will change to by 9.00pm the next working day*.

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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