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The heart of this beautiful instrument is the Brazilian ebony integrated tone ring. Well known for its super acoustic qualities, which produces a tremendous woody tone. Brazilian ebony is very difficult to source in the UK, we currently import it from the United States.


The Gambler Hoop (American Pot) is made of walnut featuring an integrated Brazilian ebony tone ring, producing a powerful big woody tone. The hoop is block built with red African padauk wood binding on the bottom to match the red African padauk heel cap.

The beautiful mother-of-pearl inlay consists of clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades with a double dice at the 12th fret.

The neck is made from walnut reinforced with carbon fiber rods, it can never warp. Ebony fingerboard and ebony peghead overlay.

The peg head features our traditional logo shield beneath a mother-of-pearl stallion. The geared tuning pegs are top quality, The tension hooks and shoes are an exact copy of those fitted to our pre-war Paragon banjos.

This banjo looks and sounds amazing. The Gambler is a very special banjo, almost a work of art, completely hand made in England. It makes the vast numbers of very expensive imported banjos look like cheap toys. The important thing is that some of these foreign banjos, costing  over three thousands of pounds, do not have the quality of our English instruments at half the price. At £1500.00 you are not only buying the best open back banjo money can buy, you are also making an investment. Complete with a plush lined hard case, only available from Clifford Essex.


Main neck wood  - Black Walnut
Fingerboard and peg head material  - Black African Ebony
Heel cap material  - Red African Padauk
Nut material and Inlays  - Genuine Mother of Pearl
Geared pegs
Dyed  Hardwood  Red/Black/Red  purfling  on:    centre  stripe,    under
fingerboard/binding, under heel cap, and under peg head overlay
Inlays  - Clifford  Essex  shield  and stallion in  peg  head  and  gambler  motif  inlays
with detailed engraved dice in fingerboard
Reinforced neck
Traditional  Clifford Essex shape  for the peg head and a vintage style
pointed heel
Finish - French Po;ish
Rim thickness - 0.5"
Total rim height - 2.75"
Rim material  - Black Walnut
Tone ring material  - Brazilian Ebony  ( Janka Hardness 3692 )
Rim Cap  - Red African Padauk
Binding - Cream
Head  - 11" high crown
Plating on hardware - Nickel
Rim support / Neck attachment  - Dual rim rods or dummy perch pole
Weight: 2.70Kg or 5.95lbs  
This instrument comes with a lifetime guarantee

If  you  are  not  familiar  with  the Janka  Hardness  standard  this  is what  it  means.  The  Janka number is the number of pounds of force it takes to embed a steel ball

0.44"  in  diameter  exactly half  way  into  the  wood.  On  my chart  Brazilian  Ebony  comes under  Lignum  Vitae  probably the  hardest  known  wood.  Lignum  Vitae has  a  Janka Hardness  of  4500.  Brazilian Ebony  is  certainly  the  hardest wood we have ever worked with and  makes  an  excellent  tone ring for the head to vibrate on.  So if our  sums  are  correct  it  would take  approximately  1.85  tons  of pressure to embed the 0.44" ball half  way  into  Brazilan  Ebony. Some tone ring!

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Price: £1500.00

Product Code: GAMBLER5
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