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2005 Jason Romero "Stellar" Banjo

Jason Romero has been building his one-of-a-kind banjos since 2002, and today he and his wife/partner, Pharis, make some of the most sought-after open-back banjos on the market. With a production limited to about 25 instruments a year, it's very hard to find a Romero when you want one, and the wait-time on orders is currently 5 years. With that said, we're tickled to have this particular instrument in the store -- at least for a little while.

This 12" open-back banjo with custom "Stellar" inlay pattern was built by Jason at his Arcata, California shop. With its block rim, Honduran rosewood integral tonering and goat skin head, this banjo provides all of the resonant woody character, power and balance that have made Jason's banjos so desirable.

The lovely "Stellar" inlay design is white and gold mother-of-pearl, paua abalone, pink river shell, and silver. The hand turned dowel rod and 2-piece neck are of Santos mahogany while the fingerboard, peghead overlay, heel and rim overlays are all made of ebony. Finished in a durable hard oil finish and housed in its original hardshell TKL case, it is currently setup for Romero steel strings.

It is just back from Jason where it had its neck reset and a new Romero bridge fit. Jason installed a new goat skin head and new cast Romero tailpiece as well. The original tailpiece and bridge are in the case, should a future owner want to return it to original specs. The banjo is in beautiful condition overall; its only flaw is a small and cleanly repaired crack to the neck heel that Jason's corrected during his neck reset process.

Skip the multi-year wait and find out for yourself what makes these Romero banjos so special.

With hardshell case

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