The "Wood-O-Phone" part of the model description of this banjo refers to the tone ring, Chuck Waldman's version of the classic Vega "Tubaphone" tone ring, but Chuck makes his version out of wood instead of nickel-plated brass. As a result, despite the 12" inch diameter, this banjo weighs barely 5 pounds! Gryphon sold this Waldman new several years ago, and while it's clearly seen some use there is absolutely no fret wear! (little joke there, sorry). But seriously, you can spot some scuffing to the head on either side of the strings up near where the neck joins the rim, and there are a few shallow finish dings to side of the neck heel. The brass parts of aged gracefully, which of course is what the builder intended. Chuck Waldman's Wood-O-Phone models are always popular here at Gryphon and this one's a bargain. Gig bag incuded.

stock no. 58623

Model12" Cherry Wood-O-Phone Fretless 5 String
Nut width1 3/16"
Scale length26 1/4"
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialCherry with walnut stripe
ShellCherry
Tone ringPadauk and Engelmann tone chamber
Tuners5-star
CaseGig Bag
Serial No60
Diameter12"