BANJO FOR SALE
1910-1920s 5 string
11.5" rim - arch top
This is an interesting example of a "Small shop" banjo.
It has the look of several banjos of the day but it has no
"Maker's Mark" anywhere to be seen.
It came in needing many
things to make it a player.
It was basically a "Wall hanger" but because
it was interesting to me, I did go thru it with a level of
restoration that would make it playable and presentable.
There is nothing "Perfect" about it.
This is not a factory banjo and shows all the signs of a
It has one thing rarely seen on a banjo of this age and
that is the use of Aluminum.
That was a rare metal for this era, only having been
invented in the late 1800s
I have to guess this builder worked somewhere it was a common
metal and fabricated the parts himself.
So it is light but has plenty of "Cut" and volume.
Nice abalone inlay, someone that was familiar with inlay did
Multi laminate neck, with a sort of Wm. Lange" look to it.
I flush fretted it from 14 down so it could be frailed over
I'm guessing you will not run across another one of these if you
look, but if you do, or know the builder, please let me know
because it is a piece of "Banjo obscura" that I was happy to
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