Arcara 12" Open Back Custom w/Carved Heel & Brass Peghead Overlay


We added a second custom banjo to our recent build order from Portland-based luthier, Matthew Arcara, and its striking look is completely unique amongst the banjos currently in stock. This banjo incorporates Arcara's usual 12" walnut pot, rolled brass tone ring and stained Renaissance head -- and it sounds a bit brighter than you'd expect. Still plenty warm, but with slightly more single note crispness. The peghead and frailing scoop feature hand-cut brass overlays, and the neck heel features Sten Havumaki's beautiful hand-carved detailing. The gun oil & wax finish lets your hand glide over the neck like it's been played for decades. Priced with Superior bump case. Have a look at the pictures and call us if you'd like more information!

Interested? We may have another on the way.
  • 12" Walnut pot
  • Hand-carved Walnut neck
  • Rolled brass tone ring
  • Reniassance head
  • Oil & Wax finish (neck & pot)
  • Gotoh tuners
  • Hand-cut brass frailing scoop & peghead overlay
  • Mahogany neck purfling
  • 25.5" SL
  • 1 5/16" nut width

Free Freight: The Music Emporium is happy to provide free ground shipping on all merchandise priced over $100 and purchased online at This offer applies to all merchandise shipped within the 48 continental US States.* If you wish to expedite your shipment or your order doesn't qualify, we provide competitive rates. Once you enter your shipping info, you'll be given a selection of services from UPS, FedEx and USPS.

Exclusions: Certain products are excluded from our free shipping offer due to manufacturer restrictions. Also, oversized items or large amplifiers weighing more than 75 lbs may incur extra shipping charges.

Approval Period, Taxes, Duties: Most instruments ship with a 48-hour approval** period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities.

The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Priority Mail, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

**There are instances where the approval period does not apply. If you've played the instrument in our store and we then ship it to you, there is no approval period. If the item is a Sale Item (special discounted price, an item listed on our Specials Page), there is no approval period. There are no returns accepted on electronics (amps, pickups, pedals, etc.) unless the product is received in damaged or defective condition.

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