The new short-scale “Laydie Belle” Irish Tenor banjo is designed for playing traditional music. Loud and proud with a Whyte-Laydie tone ring and three-ply solid maple rim, the G9480 comes with special-gauge strings for Irish Tenor tuned GDAE (one octave below a mandolin) so mandolin and fiddle players can add banjo to their tonal palettes. With other string gauges it can also be tuned as a standard tenor (CGDA) or "Chicago Tuning". Other features include a three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck, 17-fret rosewood fingerboard with vintage-style B&D inlays, 19” scale, 24 tension brackets with notched hoop, 11” Remo High Crown Renaissance head, vintage-style “No Knot”-type tailpiece, 1 3/16” nut, geared die-cast machine heads, Vega-style armrest, nickel-plated hardware, and a luxurious amber maple gloss finish
Body Material: 3-Ply Solid Maple
Body Shape: Banjo
Body Finish: Amber Maple Gloss Finish
Body Binding: Tortoiseshell
Neck Shape: Vintage Soft "U"
Position Inlays: Vintage B&D
Neck Material: 3-Piece Maple/Walnut/Maple
Neck Finish: Shaded Amber Maple Gloss
Nut Width: 1.1875" (30.1 mm)
Scale Length: 19.75" (502 mm)
Hardware Finish: Nickel-Plated
Bridge: Ebony-Tipped Maple
Tuning Machines: Geared Planetary
Strings: D'Addario®, Loop-End, (.040NW, .030NW, .020, .016)
Unique Features: Tuned GDAE (one octave below a mandolin); 19" scale; "Whyte Laydie" tone ring; 24 brackets with notched hoop; vintage No-Knot tailpiece; 11" REMO High Crown Renaissance head; vintage B&D fingerboard inlays; Vega-style armrest.