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Yates Little Banger RB-3

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This mahogany banjo was designed to look and sound like the old 1933 RB-3 banjos with all of the treasured dynamics that players desire. This is a copy of the RB-3 that was used on The Old Home Place in 1975.

In tying to recreate these old treasures, we replicated the hand made inlays to capture even the imperfections of that time period. These old inlays were without perfect symmetry and it captured the real hands on look. Today we use CNC to cut our inlays, but the patterns were straight from the past. With that basic exception, everything else is hand made by Warren Yates.
These banjos have the ability to sound far bigger than their physical measurements dictate. They are cannons with tone to spare, and dry, meaning no unwanted overtones to cancel sound. These banjos cut through the fog and carry sound over great distances in their own range as not to step on the other instruments in the band. You "CAN" have that $100,000 sound at a fraction of the cost.
The Lil' Banger banjo has a very strong aggressive attack.
Sinker Mahogany
Thermal Aged Fat Rim and Resonator
Yates Prewar No Hole Hole Tone Ring
All parts distressed to look and feel old
Waverly Tuners
Hard Shell Case
Yates Style Truss Rod Cover


Contact Bob or Alvin at Morgan Music for additional information.