RUSS PRESTINGS WEBPAGE ON TRUETT-TRUJO
I had this plectrum some time
ago, and I see others like it from time to time
Never in tenor
Pics are old and grainy, sorry.
The Truett was a Double cut peghead, with metallic inlays on the peghead and Gibson style inlay on fboard
The rim on the Truett is 22 bracket like Gibson TB1, full thickness rim, 11" head, single rod, 2 piece armrest
Trujo is not a shoe bracket rim, it has only a tube on a rim bead.
Also the Truett was 93xx FON#, thats more like 1929, 2 years later.
Grover tuners, Maple construction
I have been around this banjo since 1999, several people I knew owned it and it always intrigued me.
The first thing that stands out is the crude carving, no colored paints, and a split laminate neck
Schaller's on it now, original imprint is Grover 2:1 pancakes, I'm looking for a set
Single rod, hand fabricated L bracket, made from Gibson bracket
Thin skirt rim
Gibson is known for stamping a batch # here in the heel
So this is batch #1 of this run.
The rim always has a Gibson FON# (Factory Order Number) stamped, and this one is Batch #3
If you would like go to Greg Earnest's great website to see the list of #s
The only other FON#s around this range, are TB3s
And the 3 stamped on top of the rim
Tone ring is lighter than the 2.5 # later model Trujo,
coming in a full pound lighter.
And here is one reason, unknown to me until now....
This is the only instance of a Trujo tone ring coming in at less than the standard 11"
This is 10-7/8 that's totally unheard of.
An 11" head wobbles around on it
Standard design but scaled down
Second instance of Batch #1 stamp on tone ring
I will go in with 147 wire
2 fresh coats of clear
Next to a 30s model Trujo A
The A has larger lags, the One has the 1920s small lags
Oiled up and ready to install
Waiting on my Grover pancakes
Yeah, one more look... its 10-7/8
Hook your washer and then the nut on a dentist pick with a bend at the end
Feed them on and hold the nut here, grab a sharp pick
You roll the nut with the pick, onto the lag and get it snug as you can
offset 1/4 wrench to snug it back up
Differences in carving from the "A"
Differences in inlay from the "A"
REMO HEAD - GHS STRINGS
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FARQUHAR BRIDGE, FOR NOW
Plays well up and down with a nice bright tone
A little different than the 11" rim design
Original Grover "Presto" tailpiece and "Pancake" tuners
Setup on Vintage 10-7/8 Rogers Calfskin
a little stained but very good condition playwise
Tone is now warm and full
Original "GIBSON" branded bridge
OTHER EXAMPLES OF
Here are a few that I have worked upon.
TRUJO A Tenor
TRUJO B Plectrum
TRUJO SPECIAL Plectrum