1921 Chas A.Stromberg
is an extremely rare banjo, Hand made by Charles Stromberg
Charles started making banjos around 1915
after he worked for the Fairbanks banjo company and had
decided to diversify
his harp and drum making talents into other forms of
It was around 1922 before Elmer Stromberg
moved out of the apprentice stages and into the design and
of the instruments that he and his father built.
Although the "Cuppeophone" tone ring is incorporated
in the early models it was not patented until 1926.
Later they became archtop banjos, as these
two are now.
I like the brighter tone that they produce
in these large diameter rims.
The later versions used a 10 15/16 rim size.
17 fret extended
This banjo came to me in trade from "Findajo
vintage banjos" in the UK.
I decided to go thru it and add some inlay
work on it.
It was in generally good condition, just needing
fretwork and other adjustments.
It sports an 11 7/8 head, 1/8 larger than
I also added a 1/4"x 9"wooden archtop ring
in it to brighten the sound a bit.
Dowelstick was repositioned to achieve a better
All hardware was polished as plating was still
intact, with the exception of the hooks which I replaced.