Circle String Guitar Raffle

Vermont-based Circle Strings luthiers has launched into the construction of its one-of-a-kind FreshGrass guitar fit for the finest fingerpickin’ around. The Adirondack spruce top will let loose a powerfully strong bass, while the Koa back and sides will bring out the midrange and make the high-end sparkle and chime.

Walk home from FreshGrass 2018 with this guitar — worth a whopping $7,500 — in your hands (and keep your eyes here for updates on the instrument).

This Orchestra Model (A1) from Circle Strings in Burlington, Vermont features a rich sound suitable for fingerpicking and strumming. A clear sounding and balanced box for any situation. The 25.4 inch scale length gives this guitar a full voice. Scalloped Adirondack spruce bracing on the underside of the Adirondack top produces a powerful and strong bass response. The Koa will bring out the midrange and make the high-end sparkle and chime, a perfect blend for a great sounding guitar. The sides and back are accentuated with curly Big Leaf maple binding and a black white black purfling around the body, while the rosette is adorned with pearl matching the center stripe down the back.  There is a custom 12 fret inlay which will have the Freshgrass logo in Mother of Pearl. Waverly tuners hold the strings across a bone nut and saddle into an Ebony Bridge. Fitted hard shell case will be included as well. Retail price is $7,500

Guitar Specs:
Orchestra Model
Top: Adirondack Spruce
Back & Sides: Koa
Ebony Fretboard, Headstock, and Bridge
Rosette and Backstripe: Pearl
Curly Big Leaf Maple Bindings
Mitered Black White Black Purflings
Bone nut and saddle
Waverly Tuners
25.4″ scale
1.75″ nut
Body Length 20″
Body Depth 4.25″
Lower Bout 16″
4″ soundhole


Deering Banjo Raffle

It’s love at the first strum. Deering Banjo and their 48 dedicated banjo specialists (with 271 years of experience!) are hand-building a 12″ Goodtime Americana banjo for a lucky winner to take home from FreshGrass 2018. The instrument continues Deering’s long-standing philosophy of offering the best American-made banjos on the market, the evidence lying in both the sound — it sports impeccable bass response and a warm, full-bodied tone — and the material, featuring a rock maple neck, nickel-plated hardware, and hardwood inlays. If you’re looking for a stellar setup for playing old-time music, this is your banjo.


Banjo Specs:
Blonde slender Rock Maple neck
22 pressed in nickel silver frets
Hardwood bow tie inlays
Sealed geared tuners
Blonde 3-ply violin-grade maple rim
Steel tension hoop
12″ Renaissance medium crown head
5/8″ Maple/Ebony Goodtime bridge
Neck width at the nut: 1 1/4″
Scale length nut
Body Length 20″
Body Depth 4.25″
Lower Bout 16″
4″ soundhole