The Pilgrim VPB018 Rocky Mountain Model 1 Closed Back Banjo is the perfect model for those who are looking for tonal versatility, enjoyable playability, and solid construction. Pilgrim know a thing or two about crafting sublime instruments, and the Rocky Mountain Model 1 is a beauty. Combining the finest tonewoods, excellent hardware appointments, and a dedication to their craft, the team at Pilgrim have outdone themselves.
The resonator is crafted from mahogany, a solid tonewood that delivers a mid to low-end energy that adds great depth to the timbre. Mahogany also boasts enviable resilient qualities, and the more it is played, the greater the strength of character it develops as it matures. This makes it great both amateurs and professionals for whom consistency and quality is of the utmost importance.
The resonator is partnered with a mahogany shell, which doubles up the tonal richness produced in the body. A quality rolled brass tone ring firmly secures the Remo Weatherking Fibreskyn head, creating a flush fit, whilst ensuring mellow tones are produced to soften the bright delivery. The Remo Weatherking Fibreskyn head has been specially selected in order to best represent the timbre of the mahogany, whilst also providing that quintessential sparkling articulation that banjos are known for.
Fitted to the body is a sturdy mahogany neck, which guarantees a firm and supportive playing feel. Married to the neck is a heavenly rosewood fingerboard, which offers up 22 willing frets that are decorated with ornate position inlays to guide your way in style. The neck and fingerboard partnership provides a supportive and reassuring playing experience that allows you to play through the longest of sessions in total comfort.
The Pilgrim VPB018 is equipped with geared tuning machines that allow you to adjust the tuning smoothly and easily, whilst remaining firmly secured during performances. The fifth string tuning machine sits along the neck, but remains discreetly positioned to stay clear when you are playing.
The nut at the top of the headstock aids in maintaining consistent string tension, whilst the adjustable clam-style tailpiece dutifully maintains intonation and sustain with precision. By adjusting the tailpiece you can switch the timbre of banjo from a tight, popping bluegrass tone with a fast attack, right up to a soulful blues' inspired tones.
The Pilgrim VPB018 Rocky Mountain Model 1 Closed Back Banjo is great for new players who are cutting their teeth, and for seasoned professionals who need a reliable, tonally flexible model that travels well and is always ready for action.
Manufacturer Pilgrim Model VPB018 Rocky Mountain Model 1 Closed Back Banjo Resonator Mahogany Shell Mahogany Ply Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Rosewood Head Remo Weatherking Fibreskyn Brackets 18 Tone Ring Quality Rolled Brass Tailpiece Adjustable Tuners Geared No. of Frets 22
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