Story courtesy of Garden and Gun
News from the Fourth Annual Made in the South Awards
These days, center stage at the Opry seems to be dominated by bluegrass banjos. But long before Earl Scruggs popularized the three-finger method, the driving rhythms of the clawhammer style echoed throughout the South. Cedar Mountain has built open-backs for some of the finest clawhammer pickers in the business, including four-time Grammy winner David Holt, and second-generation builder Tim Gardner is carrying on the old-time tradition. To craft the tone rim of his signature Vintage line, Gardner uses exotics such as rosewood—arguably one of the most tuneful woods in the world—and then varnishes each by hand to bring out the character and soul of the grain. “I want these to be heirloom-quality instruments,” Gardner says. “Something that can be passed down from generation to generation.”
Cedar Mountain Banjos
Product: Open-back banjo
Made in: Brevard, NC
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