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



Our newest custom banjo from Portland-based luthier, Matthew Arcara, has all the players in the shop drooling with envy! The 12" walnut pot incorporates a rolled brass tone ring and Renaissance head (stained, to match the hardware!) to produce a warm yet perfectly defined sound. This stunning banjo also features a custom engraved peghead inlay, brass frailing scoop overlay and heel carving--completely done by hand. The neck and pot are finished with gun oil & wax for a lovely, played in feel and lustrous aesthetic. One of the finest banjos in our showroom, and an incomparable value from this very talented emerging craftsman. Priced with Superior bump case. Feast your eyes on the pictures!


  • 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

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