I cut this neck blank out for Tom Sauber who came to visit with Brad Leftwich to build banjos in my shop. Tom decided he wanted somthing different so I had this one sitting around. The gourd is treated with a hardener and is stained on the inside. It has a punchy sound and plays great. I left the dowel stick rather long on this one to see how I liked it. the scale length is 24" and is tuned to "g".