Terry Baucom Sullivan banjo

| June 6, 2007 | 0 Comments

Terry Baucom with his Sullivan Banjo signature modelBack in February, Brance teased with news that one of Terry Baucom’s post-Quicksilver episode 2 endeavors would include a signature banjo model, noting that further details would be forthcoming.

Now comes the official announcement:

After much anticipation, it is being announced that Sullivan Banjo is the builder on the new Terry Baucom signature banjo. The mahogany banjo with nickel hardware has been being developed over the past several months and Baucom is happy about his association with Sullivan Banjo and First Quality Musical Supplies of Louisville, Kentucky.

“I have known Bill Sullivan and his sons, Jeff and Eric, a long time. Their passion is to provide the highest quality instruments and accessories to their customers. I couldn’t be more pleased that they asked me to be part of the development of this banjo. The Sullivans have high standards and this banjo model is no exception.”

Terry will be working closely with Ed Lowe (CEO of John Boy & Billy) and the folks at Sullivan. Ed and Terry will be involved in the final set up of each Baucom banjo. They will inspect and play each one, and none will ship until Baucom is fully satisfied with the sound and playability of each finished instrument.

One design specification that was important to Terry is the lower, wider frets popular in 1960s model banjos. Terry calls them “speed frets,” and became enamored of them while playing his 60s vintage Bow Tie banjos this past few years. He thinks modern players will enjoy the feel these frets provide.

He tells us that he is beyond delighted with his new banjo.

“After many hours playing my new Sullivan banjo, I have to say that it goes well beyond my expectations – which were high to begin with.”

Terry used his new signature model this week in recording a new banjo instructional DVD, which will be released later this summer on the John Boy & Billy label. He will also use it for an upcoming solo CD project, which unbelievably will be the first ever under his name alone.

At this time, there are no details or photos on the Sullivan Banjo site, but we have a list of the specifications for the Terry Baucom Signature model banjo which we obtained from Sullivan. Some photos of the banjo follow the specs.

NECK
Neck
Genuine Honduran Mahogany Pre-War 5-string specs
Fingerboard
Genuine Brazilian Rosewood
Peghead
Ebony
Scale
Pre-War replica scale
Inlay
Custom Sullivan Mother of Pearl
Block
Terry Baucom signature
Binding
.040 White with Black/White accent
Heel Cap
White/black/white
Tuners
Replica pancake tuners with ivoroid buttons
5th Tuner
Schaller with ivoroid button
Frets
60′s style .1015 wide by .049 tall sanded to 35 tall (standard frets optional)
Truss rod
Double 2-way truss rod
Finish
Nitro lacquer with Vintage toner over style 3 color very light
finish on back
RESONATOR
Construction
Mahogany/poplar construction
Binding
.060 White with Black/White accent
Rings
.125 White/Black/White
Finish
Nitro lacquer with Vintage toner over style 3 color
Neck Notch
Black felt
POT ASSEMBLY
Rim
Sullivan Historic Factory Floor with light nitro lacquer
Tone Ring
**New** Sullivan Pre-War replica engraved w/Terry Baucom
Flange
Light weight Die Cast
hoop
Light weight Die CAst
Head
Medium crown Remo top frosted
Tailpiece
Presto
Rods
Double rods with long nut
Bridge
11/16” Sullivan Factory Floor bridge Baucom Spacing (5/8” bridge optional)
HARDWARE
Finish
Nickel (gold optional)
STRINGS
Gauges
Custom Terry Baucom set – .011, .011, .013, .020, .011
CASE
Deluxe Hardshell

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Contact Sullivan banjos for more information about when the Terry Baucom model will be available.

John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

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