Rare and Collectable (and playable!)
The Bacon Banjo Co.
Groton CT

Super-Tone Blue Ribbon Deluxe - Anderson Resonator

17 fret tenor
11.5" rim with perforated tone ring
Aftermarket resonator - Anderson (Seattle)
New Remo 11.5 Clear head
DR strings
Grover bridge
Dressed frets, ready to play

Anderson Resonator Patent Info
from Peter Corfield  -THANKS MAN!

#2 from Peter C.

Another example of Anderson Resonator on Orpheum - 11-1/8" rim
Courtesy of P Corfield


Excerpt's from Information given to me by Mr. Polle Flaunoe, expert on Bacon Banjos  .
Thank you for your assistance Sir!

Hi Vinnie,
The original Bacon Blue Ribbon was designed by Fred Bacon and set into production very late 1921/early 1922. It has a half spun tone ring with perforations – however without a steel rod as the later half and full spun rings.
In the spring 1922 David L. Day was planning to leave Vega.
He did so in August and came to the Bacon Co. in September that year.
It΄s however a common belief among historians that he and Bacon started a secret co-work during the April-August period – one of their plans was to improve the Blue Ribbon model.
As a result a new version of the model was set into production appr. Sept. 1922.
this version has a full spun tone ring with in- and out-side perforations plus a steel rod  later to be known as the Silver Bell Type I tone ring.
But now comes a tricky issue –
In order distinguishing the new version from the original an additional designation was added to the model name – but in fact two different designations were used – nobody knows why –
  Bacon Blue Ribbon Super is identical with a Bacon Blue Ribbon Supertone. Do have look at my database – you΄ll notice a mix of the two designations.
BTW – both the original and the new version came in 3 styles – A, A1 and De Luxe.
By late 1922/early 1923 the Bacon Blue Ribbon Super/Supertone model evolved over some months into a new model – the B&D Super.
SN 8820 is manufactured early 1923 – at the same time as the introduction of the B&D Super.
 It will – except for the designations, inlays etc. – be identical with a Super example – one of Mr. Day΄s great ideas was to modulize necks, rims etc. for the various upper models – meaning that they are in principle swappable.
Conclusion – this Bacon Blue Ribbon Supertone is in principle almost identical with an early B&D Super. I hope that this will help you.
Kind regards
Another example of a Blue Ribbon on Bill's page



The banjo has a great clarity of note on all strings and in all positions.

Minor board wear in first position, not a factor in playing

I'm looking around the shop for my vintage bridges, I have the correct style Bacon bridge for it somewhere, but these Richelieu's  are as close as it gets
Original tailpiece of this design with 5 string posts is very rare indeed.

The resonator finish was buffed then fine wool to "satin-ize" the finish, make it more like the original patina finish of the banjo

These friction tuners with the double bushings really do tune OK and hold well.
I am not keen on changing them for originality's sake for this reason.
I will for a customer, but that is how I make a living and would do it if asked.
I would suggest Planet tuners, something close to "Period" in look and age.
Then re-use the original buttons.

The Anderson add on resonator is like whipped cream on a cake, I have enjoyed it as much as the banjo.
It performs exactly as his Patent info suggests.
The original brass hardware will ride along with it, my stands are not glued in, they are screwed in like the originals.
So if someone wants to contact the Brass casters that I contacted I will furnish their info and for 425.00 and change, you can have what came on it.

"Mr Anderson", just as his namesake on the movie "The Matrix", had alot of tricks up his sleeve.
There has never been a more active sounding piece of wood in my hands.
Like tapping a Strad Violin or something as I mentioned.

It really is a SUPER Bacon Blue Ribbon
A banjo that lived up to its name. Way to go Fred!