Bart Reiter Regent 5 String Banjo (2004)

Bart Reiter  Regent 5 String Banjo  (2004)
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Item # 10686
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Bart Reiter Regent Model 5 String Banjo (2004), made in Lansing, Michigan, serial # 2400, natural lacquer finish, laminated maple rim, laminated mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

Bart Reiter banjos are among the most respected of all modern/old-time instruments, built along classic design lines to a very high standard. This model is basically a re-creation of a 1910/20s Vega Regent, built closely to the traditional Fairbanks/Vega specs. The rim is heavy maple with a Whyte Laydie style tone ring and shoes mounted directly through the rim. The medium 26" 1/4" scale neck is laminated maple with and a heavy ebony fingerboard with plain dot inlay. The headstock is faced in ebony with a single pearl star. The tuners are modern geared planets, including the 5th string. This is a plain looking Reiter but an excellent instrument, with the sonic qualities of the Whyte Laydie just lacking the decorative touches. We think it sounds great (and plays perfectly) and is another fine example of this maker's superb instruments.
Overall length is 37 in. (94 cm.), 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm.) diameter head, and 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 26 1/4 in. (667 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.).

This is a very clean instrument, showing hardly any play wear for being nearly 20 years old. The lower frets have some light wear, that's about it. There are railroad spikes (probably) added to the fingerboard at the 7th and 9th frets; all else appears stock. This is an excellent playing and sounding banjo, a lovely if not overly showy example of Reiter's work. Includes a very solid HSC. Excellent + Condition.