The Solera is a rack of barrels used for aging vinegars, wine, beers, and spirits.
In the solera, new made product is used to top off casks containing aged liquid, the average age increasing as the lower levels of the rack are reached.
This banjo reminded me of the solera process because it uses a 80-year-old walnut pot and original goatskin head, paired with a new highly figured birdseye maple heartwood neck.
The appointments are modern, featuring a carbon fiber stiffener and compound radius fretboard made of wenge. The head is dyed a wine red color, which makes the head look as good as new again without losing its character. The tone is warm, mellow, and balanced.
Ximenez Solera image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons