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.
Jens currently plays the -06- tone ring model because it has more sustain and he plays both fast and slow songs so he prefers the added sustain of the -06- tone ring.
Neck Wood: Quartersawn AA Grade Curly Maple
Neck Shape: Slender "D" Shape
Stain: Dark Red Mahogany
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: Deering -06- 20 Hole Bell Bronze Tone Ring
Head: 11″ Top Frosted Medium Crown
Tension Hoop: Gold Plated and Engraved Brass Notched Tension Hoop
Hooks & Nuts: 24 J Hooks and 1/4" Hex Nuts
Flange: Tenbrooks Gold Plated & Engraved Zinc Flange
Armrest: Deering Gold Plated and Hand Engraved Pierced Armrest
Hardware Plating: Gold Plated and Premium Hand Engraved Metal Parts
Tailpiece: Deering Gold Plated & Engraved True Tone Tailpiece
Finish: Hand Finished Polyurethane
Resonator Finish: High Gloss
Resonator Sidewalls: Tapered
Resonator Diameter: 13 7/8"
Resonator Stain: Dark Red Mahogany
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
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Comes strung with Jens Kruger Signature String Set
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.
Comes with a hardshell case.
NB: Due to current supply constraints, case brand may vary.