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The inspiration for this model came from the late 1950s through the early 1960s RB-100 models.  These banjos were not originally made with tone rings in them. After we rebuilt a few of them, we quickly realized the treasure in them. It was like stepping back in time and continuing a missed process, leaving a banjo equal to many of the old 1930s prewar flatheads.  We had no choice but to built our own model. We named it Kettle Head.


     Price $5200


High Quality Mahogany Neck, Yates Pre-War Style Resonator and "Standard Rim".


*The neck on this model is a little more narrow than the rest of our models to match that old feel and sound.


  • Rim and Resonator now Thermal Aged.

  • Finish is Distressed for that old look, feel and sound

  • Flat Rosewood Fingerboard, Mother of Pearl Inlay

  • Light Weight Flange

  • Narrow Frets (worked down and recrowned for easier playing and pull-offs)

  • Old Grover style Yates Bridge

  • Yates 50s Style Tailpiece

  • Yates made three ply maple rim

  • Distressed Nickel Plated Metal Parts

  • Three fifth string spikes (7th, 8th & 9th frets)

  • Yates No Hole Nickel Plated Tone Ring

  • Waverly two band Tuners with Ivoroid Buttons

  • Single steel coordinator rod

  • T Wrench

  • TKL hardshell case. 

The resonator for this model is mahogany on the outer band and straight maple on the back panel with a sunburst finish.