The Pilgrim VPB003 Shady Grove Model 3 Open Back Banjo resurrects traditional open-back banjo characteristics, offering tones that are infused with warmth and sensational depth. If you're looking for a banjo that harks back to vintage models, then it doesn't get much better than this. Pilgrim have turned building instruments into an art form, and whether you're new to the instrument or hit the stage regularly, you will not be disappointed by the incredible Shady Grove Model 3.
The open-back design of the VPB003 is composed of a solid walnut shell, which creates a rich warmth that consumes the timbre generated by this fantastic model. The use of solid walnut ensures that over the lifetime of this banjo, it will only improve with age, becoming more and more unique in its timbre. The walnut is resilient and stands up well to anything you can throw at it, whilst the natural resonance of the wood gives it a dynamic and expressive output.
There are 24 brackets that surround the shell, establishing a secure fit for the Remo Weatherking Fibreskyn head, which is robust and holds its own brilliantly. The brightness produced by the head is articulate without overpowering the timbre of the walnut, giving you the best of both worlds. Providing further ballast to the output is a rolled brass tone ring, which guarantees a mellow touch without limiting the power produced by the shell and head.
Fitted to the body is a walnut neck, which ensures sturdy playing feel in the hand to inspire confidence, whilst the slim profile allows you to play with absolute freedom. Married to the sturdy neck is a luxurious rosewood fretboard, which is home to 18 frets that are adorned with star position inlays. The neck and fingerboard partnership provides a supportive and reassuring playing experience that will see you through the longest of gigs, and keep you coming back for more.
The Pilgrim VPB003 is equipped with geared tuning machines that allow you to adopt a variety of tunings with ease, whilst remaining firm and true during performances. Along the neck you will find the fifth string tuning machine, which is designed to be as discreet as possible and stay out of your way during performances. The nut at the top of the headstock aids in maintaining consistent string tension, whilst the Old Time-style tailpiece creates the perfect anchor point for the strings so they are well supported, improving both intonation and sustain across each string.
The Pilgrim VPB003 Shady Grove Model 3 Open Back Banjo is a purist's dream, delivering earthly tones that are at once warm and abundantly rich. Whatever style of music you play, this banjo lends itself beautifully to your performance across any genre.
Manufacturer Pilgrim Model VPB003 Shady Grove Model 3 Open Back Banjo Shell Walnut Neck Material Walnut Fingerboard Material Rosewood Head Remo Weatherking Fibreskyn Tuners Geared Brackets 24 No. of Frets 18 Position Inlays Star Tailpiece Old Time-style Body Finish Natural
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