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Pilgrim VPB1005 Morning Star 5 String Open Back Banjo - Gold Honey

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  • Five-string open-back banjo with solid maple, flamed maple, and ebony cap shell
  • 24 brackets ensure exceptional structural support
  • Frosted Remo weatherking coated head produces an articulate response
  • Flamed maple neck guarantees a supportive playing feel
  • 22-fret ebony fingerboard with ornate "star" position inlays
  • High quality hardware appointments including enclosed tuning machines
  • Additional 5th string geared tuning peg for greater tonal depth
  • Highly versatile instrument that can be used across many different genres of music
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Delivery to UK mainland addresses* is FREE on orders over £75 and up to 30kg. (As a guide, a standard electric guitar weighs approx. 3-5kg).

Delivery on orders below £75 are charged at £4.45!

Delivery to Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland. is weight dependant and will be indicated at the checkout

Delivery above 30kg to ANY location will vary according to weight and will be indicated at the checkout

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UK mainland*FREE on orders over £75 £4.45 on orders under £751-3 working days
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The Pilgrim VPB1005 Morning Star 5 String Open Back Banjo with Gold Honey finish is provides tones with crystal-clear delivery, and a generous sustain that gives this banjo a sublime character. Pilgrim have a worthy reputation for building exceptional instruments, and the VPB1005 is no exception to this rule. Whether you're an amateur or a professional musician, if you're looking for an outstanding open-back banjo to perform on, then this 5-string is exactly what you're looking for.

Body Construction

The level of craftsmanship exhibited by the team at Pilgrim is nothing short of breath-taking, with considerate approaches taken to ensure the highest quality of finish down to the tiniest detail. The tonewoods employed by Pilgrim in the body are chosen to accentuate the character of the banjo. The shell is crafted from a combination of solid maple, flamed maple, and ebony, to create a durable partnership that balances warm mids with crisp articulation across the frequency spectrum to ensure absolute clarity. The robust character of the flamed maple guarantees a high level of resilience, making the Morning Star the ideal model for touring professionals, for whom reliability and consistency of tone is a must. The more the VPB1005 is played, the richer the timbre that will be produced thanks to the character of the tonewoods.

Secured to the shell via 24 secure brackets, is the Morning Star tone ring, specially designed to add weight to the banjo. This adds greater depth to the mid-range, whilst guaranteeing a crisp response. A frosted Remo Weather King head has been applied to the VPB1005 to optimise the tonal delivery, whilst reinforcing the rich timbre of the tonewoods. A maple and ebony-tipped bridge is paired with a noknot tailpiece to create a seamless connection between the strings and body.

Flamed maple neck

Fitted to the body is a flamed maple and ebony neck, which ensures a sumptuous playing feel alongside resilience and strength. Married to the neck is a heavenly ebony fingerboard, which offers up 22 willing frets that are decorated with ornate "star" position inlays to guide your way in distinguished fashion. The neck and fingerboard partnership creates a reassuring playing experience that allows you to play through the longest of sessions in total comfort. The VPB1005 benefits from an additional string, with a geared 5th string peg at the 5th fret, creating a greater tonal range to be exploited.

ModelVPB1005 Morning Star 5 String Open Back Banjo
ResonatorFlamed Maple
ShellSolid Maple, Flamed Maple, Faced Ebony Cap
Neck MaterialFlamed Maple, Faced Ebony Cap
Fingerboard MaterialEbony with Star Inlays
HeadFrosted Remo Weatherking Coated
Tone RingNew Pilgrim Morning Star Tone Ring
BridgeMaple & Ebony Tip
No. of Frets22
FinishGold Honey with a Natural Satin
Customer Reviews
If you cannot afford a Vega No 2 then buy this!
Posted on 16/12/2015 by Phil This is a high quality Tubaphone banjo.
Visually it is darkly understated, with dark MOP and abalone markers on a jet black ebony fingerboard. The flame maple is beautifully figured.
With a heavy tone ring and bracket band the banjo sits comfortably on your lap with no need to support the neck with your left hand or a strap.
The banjo is amazingly responsive and the tone is fantastic, its just lovely to play.
And if you are wondering, yes, I do have one!

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