This banjo was commissioned by Asthmatic Kitty recording artist, Shannon Stephens. I was initially contacted by Shannon's husband Seth to build her a tackhead banjo with internal tensioning system. The woods were all chosen by Shannon, and I think this a gorgeous banjo. And with the Aquila Nylgut Minstrel strings, this thing has a monster growl.
This banjo has a walnut neck, purpleheart fretboard, birdseye maple peghead and backstrap, and a rim of purpleheart and birdseye maple.
Here is a video demonstration of the banjo, followed by a few more photos.