Rickard’s Dobson Standard is built with a maple neck, a 1/2 inch thick maple rim and faux tortoise binding, aged brass hardware and their 10:1 Ratio Cyclone Tuners. It has a 25.5" scale length, an ebony fretboard with a frailing scoop and EVO gold fretwire. It’s fitted with a Dobson-style tone ring, the hottest thing going in the banjo world of the 1880s. The 11-inch head gives this banjo a round, woody sound and the tone-ring adds a bit of clarity and projection. You might even say this banjo has a mellow tone, at least compared to other banjos. The neck has a graceful 'boat heel' design with a lot of heft to it and the peghead 1880s paddle style. This Rickard banjo is a thoughtful blend of modern functionality and antique aesthetics.