Friday, February 8, 2013

Jason Romero Tenor Banjo Images

Musicians and instrument makers Pharis and Jason Romero have an excellent new folk album out called Long Gone Out West Blues.  You can read more about the album here.  This post, however, is focused on the hand-crafted J. Romero Banjos that Jason builds in Horsefly, British Columbia.  Pharis does the inlay.  Jason and Pharis of course do 5-string banjos - openback or bluegrass models - but also make custom banjo ukes, tenor banjos, banjo mandolins and resophonic guitars.  The tenor banjo making caught my attention!  Check out these images of three tenor banjos that Jason has crafted.

This first tenor features an 11" figured maple rim and neck, a Romero Belle Rose tonering, ebony fingerboard, cast bronze Romero 4-string tailpiece, cast bronze fan L-shoes, nickel-plated hardware, a  mother-of-pearl inlay, and a Renaissance head.

This next 4-string banjo has a curly maple tenor neck, an 11" curly maple rim, a Whyte Ladie tonering, ebony fingerboard, Romero cast bronze large double-pointed L-shoes and a hard oil finish.

This 3rd tenor banjo picture below features a 12" black walnut rim with Honduran rosewood integral tone ring, a black walnut neck,ebony fingerboard, inlay design of white mother-of-pearl, cast bronze round L-shoes, and a hard oil finish.

As a bonus here are some pics of a J. Romero banjo-mandolin, with a Claro walnut neck with snakehead-style peghead, 10” ebonized cherry rim, Honduran rosewood tonering, hand-cut brass tailpiece, cast bronze square L-shoes, lightly aged raw brass and bronze hardware, custom inlay and a Fyberskin head.

These instruments are certainly works of art and I hope to become the owner of one in the not-too-distant future.

1 comment:

  1. Lanny, I can see why these banjos caught your attention I agree they are very well done and artistic.
    I've been on the hunt for a better banjo for a while and stopping in to
    different shops to check out what is available. The most noteworthy
    (and surprising) revelation is that the most expensive banjo in the shop isn't always the one I like the best.
    There are just too many variables that change the instrument's playability and sound.
    Being on the hunt for something special is, in my opinion, part of the fun
    of actually having it.
    If I had the time ( and money) for a west coast trip, I'd surely put the
    Romero shop on the itinerary.
    --John Rafter