This Grand Artist Parrot banjo was in the works at the OME shop for about 10 years. It features presentation grade blue curly maple woods, highly engraved and gold plated metal parts, hand carved and dye colored heel and resonator, and some of the most outrageous inlay work of pearl, abalone, and other exotic materials you’ll ever see on the peghead, fingerboard, backstrap, and resonator back.
The Rainforest-Parrot inlays were designed by Greg Rich who once worked at Gibson as their primary banjo decorator in the 1990’s, then as a founding partner at Rich & Taylor Fretted Instruments of Nashville, Tennessee, and is now the main designer for Music Link Corporation, builders of Recording King and Loyd Loar fretted instruments.
This is a one-of-a-kind, over-the-hill Flathead banjo. Priced at $20,000.
Presentation grade highly figured maple tone woods
22 fret, 26.25” scale & 1.28” nut width
Ivory-black-ivory bound ebony fingerboard, peghead, rim, & resonator
Ebony-maple-ebony backstrap with inlays
Abalone purfling on the neck & resonator
Peghead, fingerboard, backstrap & resonator back are profusely inlayed with MOP, abalone, and other exotic materials in a Rainforest-Parrot motif
Hand carved and hand dyed heel and resonator sides
Gold planetary tuners with real MOP knobs
Profusely hand engraved gold plated metal parts