New Banjo Aimed Toward Scruggs’ Fans

Fans of Earl Scruggs can meet the Country Music Hall of Fame member by merely purchasing a new banjo. However, the limited edition Gibson banjo — called “The Earl” — carries a $29,500 price tag. The price includes round-trip airfare to Nashville to meet Scruggs, who will play a riff from “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” on the instrument before handing over the banjo and a set of silver finger picks. The purchaser also gets a photo taken with Scruggs, a tour of the Gibson Bluegrass Showcase and a visit with the instrument builders who created the banjo. At least one collector has already placed an order for the instrument that features a painted portrait of the bluegrass pioneer. 01/24/03