This began as the Top model of the Tenbrooks line before being included in the Artist Series. It is made with violin grade maple because of the musical qualities of this wood and it features a radiused ebony fretboard. Jens prefers stainless steel frets because of the durability of the stainless steel. The frets wear longer before needing to be replaced. Before switching to stainless steel frets, Jens, who plays an average of 8 hours per day, was having his banjos re-fretted every 6 months. With stainless steel frets he has played for almost 2 years before having the banjo re-fretted; getting three times the playing life out of the frets!
The radiused fingerboard fits the curve of the fingers over the playing surface making it just that much more effortless to travel the fingerboard.
The Jens Kruger model has significant resonance and clarity, elevating it to the caliber of orchestral instruments. The Jens Kruger banjo is designed to unlock the creativity for the dedicated musician.
Neck Wood: Quartersawn AAA Grade Curly Maple
Neck Shape: Slender "D" Shape
Stain: Custom "Tenbrooks Red"
Finish: High Gloss
Nut Material: Tusq
Tuners: Deering Gold Plated Planetary Tuners
5th String Tuner: Deering Gotoh Geared 5th String Tuner
Frets: 22 Glued In Stainless Steel Frets
Fingerboard: Radiused AAA Grade Ebony
Rim: 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple
Rim Diameter: 11"
Tone Ring: Reutschi | Kruger Bell Bronze Tone Ring
Head: 11″ Top Frosted Medium Crown
Tension Hoop: Deering Gold Plated & Engraved Brass Notched Tension Hoop
Hooks & Nuts: 24 Round J-Hooks and 1/4" Hex Nuts
Flange: Tenbrooks Gold Plated & Engraved Zinc Flange
Armrest: Deering Armrest
Hardware Plating: Gold Plated & Engraved Hardware
Tailpiece: Gold Plated & Engraved Deering True Tone Tailpiece
Finish: Hand Finished Satin Polyurethane
Resonator Wood: 3-Ply Poplar/Poplar/Curly Maple
Resonator Finish: High Gloss
Resonator Sidewalls: Tapered
Resonator Diameter: 13 7/8"
Resonator Stain: Custom "Tenbrooks Red"
Neck Width at the Nut: 1 1/4"
Scale Length Nut to Bridge: 26 1/4"
Rim Diameter: 11"
Overall Instrument Length: 38"
Weight Approx.: 11.8 lbs
The trust and pride we share in our product gives us the confidence to grant every owner of a Deering banjo a lifetime warranty ensuring thequality of our materials and workmanship.
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Comes strung with Jens Kruger Signature String Set
Comes tuned: G, D, G, B, D
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Comes with a hardshell case.
NB: Due to current supply constraints, case brand may vary.