A relatively new model from Bart Reiter, but one that reaches back into earlier banjo tone ring styles. The name comes from the Dobson tone ring (patented by Henry Dobson in 1881), and when combined with the 12 inch rim diameter the result is a tone with a smooth bottom end (well, for a banjo anyway) and clear tone. Part of this is due to the large head but regular 26 1/4" string scale, which puts the bridge very close to the center of the head. Don't worry, this doesn't force you to pick the strings almost on top of the bridge, as Bart has put a generous scoop in the upper end of the ebony fret board. If you think all banjos sound alike you probably haven't played a Dobaphone!

stock no. 57863

ModelDobaphone 12" 5 String
Nut width1 1/4"
Scale length26 1/4"
Bridge material5/8" ebony top
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialMahogany
ShellThree-ply laminated maple
Tone ringDobson tone ring
InlayPearl star, fretboard dots
NotesScooped fretboard
Total frets17
TunersGeared 5th; planetary
FinishSatin lacquer and brown stain
Serial No4786