Gibson's Original Acoustic Instruments division and J.D. Crowe, the newest inductee to the IBMA Hall of Honor, debut the J.D. Crowe "Black Jack" banjo. Crowe, one of the influential fathers of the "new grass" movement, wanted his banjo to embody the best qualities of the Gibson banjos he's played and mastered for the last 30 years, with such features as a V-shaped neck, custom Style 3 inlay pattern and satin gold hardware.
J.D. Crowe looks to prewar banjos for Gibson "Black Jack"
For release Wednesday, Jan 14th 2004
Crowe described the tone as reminiscent of a prewar Gibson banjo. "With this type of hardware, the way it's done, it has a little different sound," he said. "It's a little bit drier sound, maybe a little more mellow, and a little more ringing effect to it, without having a lot of overtones."