Here's an interesting take on the traditional American 5-string banjo as exemplified by Vega's venerable Tubaphone models. But thankfully Australian banjo-maker Roger Buckmaster went beyond Vega's Boston borders to make a banjo far better suited to the modern banjo player who just happens to prefer open-back models. The first thing you notice when playing it is the radius to the fretboard, and the second difference is one you hear: the deeper shell of the Buckmaster smoothes out the tone so there's a deeper ring with less clatter. This example was purchased from George Gruhn in Nashville, and while it's seen some use it's none the worse for it and was obviously well cared for.

stock no. 60116

ModelJA 6463 Tubaphone 5 String
Nut width1 5/16"
Scale length26 1/8"
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialMaple
Tone ringTubaphone
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No49
Diameter11"