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.
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.
Manufacturer Pilgrim Model VPB1005 Morning Star 5 String Open Back Banjo Resonator Flamed Maple Shell Solid Maple, Flamed Maple, Faced Ebony Cap Neck Material Flamed Maple, Faced Ebony Cap Fingerboard Material Ebony with Star Inlays Head Frosted Remo Weatherking Coated Brackets 24 Tone Ring New Pilgrim Morning Star Tone Ring Bridge Maple & Ebony Tip Tailpiece Noknot Tuners Enclosed No. of Frets 22 Finish Gold Honey with a Natural Satin
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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.
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