Barn Owl – SBO-12


The Snowbird Banjo Co Barn Owl is a new model focused around playing behind a fiddler. The design began when a custom order was cancelled and it was realized that this would make a great model to make as standard available.


The neck is comprised of the standard 7 piece design which includes Walnut as the primary wood with veneers of ebony and strips of Maple. The fretboard is made of Richlite on this banjo, but future banjos will have ebony most likely or some other “black colored” fretboard. The Ivoroid celluloid bound fretboard is a 26.25″ old-time scale length and in the fretboard is inlaid dots and a star for place markers. The head stock is the standard Snowbird Banjo Co Gryphon Owl head stock design. The tuners are Nickel plated Gotoh Tuners.


The Rim is a 11″ or 12″ three ply steam bent rim with a rolled brass tone ring. This specific product listing is for the 12″ version. See this link if you’re looking for the 11″ Barn Owl. The Nickel hardware are Made in the USA. The double pointed, L style bracket shoe is considered to be the strongest bracket shoe style, allowing for great tension without any “lift” on the bottom of the shoe. The head will come standard with the Elite Amber heads.


The finish is one of the key component differences. The Barn Owl has zero stain. It is clear coated with General Finishes Resin based gloss finish.

This banjo has a great tone perfect for playing behind a fiddler!

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