Exc+ condition • SN: 1134
1-7/32″ Nut • Radiused F.B.
Glass Beaded Matte Hardware
Lots of tasteful extras
This Maple custom “Fall in Love” banjo, built by Jaroslav Prucha in 2017, is a great example of Mr Prucha’s artful craftsmanship. This banjo is built using very high grade Maple and Gabon Ebony fingerboard. There are several good options that were added to this banjo. I’ll list those here and describe them in more detail as we go along.
Abalone inlays instead of Mother of Pearl; Abalone truss-rod cover; Compound radiused fingerboard; Colorful wood purflings along the fingerboard and around the resonator; Two concentric circles of wooden purflings in resonator back; One-pc Maple veneer resonator back; Matte Nickel Hardware…
This Maple banjo is beautiful with the golden-amber sunburst finish really showing off the strong Maple figure of the neck and the resonator. The neck has an Ebony peghead veneer with JPrucha logo abalone inlay and a further complement of abalone floral inlays above the logo, out by the tuner posts and in the center of the peghead. Nickel H&K two-band main tuners and Gotoh 5th, all with matching ivoroid buttons. Bone nut. Compound radius frets. R.R. spikes installed at 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, for capo’ing for A, Bb, B and C.
Ivoroid multiple outer bindings along sides of neck with colorful wood marquetry purflings under the bindings. Dark position marks in the ivoroid binding on player’s side of the neck. The 19th fret inlay block reads, “Fall in Love”.
The Pot starts out with a 3-ply Maple rim, 1-pc pot metal flange, and Prucha/Ptacek 20-hole pre-war style Flat Head ball bronze tone ring. The rim is tastefully stained to match the neck and resonator finish. Signed label inside the rim. Highly figured Maple resonator side walls and back. The top and back edges of the resonator has multiple ivoroid binding, with the wood purflings along the sides and also seen as two concentric circles around the back. All hardware is nickel plated, but with glass-beading making matte finish on lots of the parts.
What a great sounding banjo! Set up is easy with Mr Prucha’s banjos. The truss-rods work so smoothly its hard to believe. There is a wide range of tone that can be dialed-in. You can have a professional sound with the head a little bit relaxed or with the head tighter. These banjos play as nice as they sound.
Comes all set-up and with a good original hard case.