Walnut neck, with a burl walnut resonator and satin finish. Ebony fingerboard with black binding. Three ply maple rim and a tone hoop. This American-made light-weight banjo is ideal for anybody suffering with back problems. It sounds great, and has a little less volume than a banjo with a heavy metal ring. Incidentally, any standard bluegrass type tone ring can be fitted to the rim, if the new owner decides to do so at a later date.