Cedar Mountain Banjos, Brevard, NC
Lo Gordon & Tim Gardner
Vintage Line - L, A, FH, and S Models
All Vintage line banjos have the classic features for which CMB is best known.
Each Vintage line model has the following:
Developed by Lo Gordon in 1998, the rosewood block constructed "tone rims" are showcased under a hand rubbed varnish finish. The Vintage Line tone rims are fitted with Mahogany neck and dowel sticks. The curly maple option includes neck, dowel stick, and rim cap. The original CMB tone machine!
All necks in the Vintage Line have:
- Hand Rubbed varnish finish
- Ebony fingerboard and peg head overlay
- Two-way adjustable truss rod
- Planetary tuners with either ebony or ivoroid knobs
- Geared fifth string tuner
- Bone nut
- "Spike" on the fifth string at "A" (7th fret)
- Mother-of-pearl side dots
- A "square" fifth string step and subtle volute at the peg head transition
The neck and rim are joined by a dowel stick of the same wood and finish as the neck.
Top of the line nickel-plated hardware, including no-knot tailpiece, die cast shoes with twenty-four hooks and nuts securing a grooved tension hoop are standard on all Vintage Line banjos.
In order to address the tastes and preferences of a wide clientele, several options are available on the L, A/FH and S models.
The plain L, A/FH and S models are the basis of the Vintage Line.
The L1 and S1 models include a CMB moon & stars at the peg head and matching fingerboard dots.
The A1 and FH1 include the CMB ginseng on the peghead with no fingerboard inlay.
The L2, A2/FH2 and S2 models have the same peg head inlays as above plus matching square fingerboard markers.
The L3, A/FH3 and S3 add a book matched neck with black stripe, red veneer under the peg head cover, fingerboard and L heel, S scoop, and ebony rim caps.
Additional Vintage Line Options:
- Choice of neck wood
- Custom design and inlay
- Left-handed neck
- Frailing scoop
- Fretless fingerboard
- Abalone or mother-of-pearl inlay
- Setup with nylon strings
- Longer or shorter scale neck
- 11" or 12" rim
- 1/4" rolled brass or "woody" tone ring
Lo Gordon's first banjo design
Neck - 22 fret, 25-1/2" scale; Nut width 1-5/16", shaped heel
Trim - Basic L - No inlay
L1 - CMB Moon & Stars, Fingerboard Dots
L2 - CMB Moon & Stars, Square Fingerboard markers
L3 - CMB red cardinal; bookmatched neck; black stripe; red veneer under peghead cover, fingerboard & rim cap, S scoop, ebony rim cap.
Neck - A has 25-1/2" scale, 1-5/16" neck width at nut, Dobson-style heel
- FH has 24-5/6" scale and 1-1/4" neck width, Dobson-style heel
Trim - Plain A & FH - no peg head inlay
A1/FH 1 - CMB ginseng inlay
A2/FH2 - CMB ginseng inlay, matching square position markers
A3/FH3 - bookmatched neck w/black stripe, red veneer under peg head cover, fingerboard and rim cap, S scoop, ebony rim cap
Named for legendary Madison County ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams
Neck - 25-1/2" scale, 22 fret neck, 1-3/16" nut width, shaped heel
Trim - Plain S has no peg head inlay
S1 - moon & stars, round fingerboard dots
S2 - Moon & stars, matching square position markers
S3 - bookmatched neck w/black stripe; red veneer under peg head cover, heel, and rim cap, S scoop, ebony rim cap
L3/back stripe/red veneer
curly maple neck & rim cap
A - peg head & 5th string detail
L/S curly maple neck heel detail
S2 or L2 5th string detail/squares
Still confused? Check out this handy-dandy features comparison chart: