BANJO FOR SALE
Rare and Collectable (and playable!)
The Bacon Banjo Co.
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
Dressed frets, ready to play
Anderson Resonator Patent Info
from Peter Corfield -THANKS MAN!
#2 from Peter C.
example of Anderson Resonator on Orpheum - 11-1/8" rim
Courtesy of P
Excerpt's from Information given to me by Mr. Polle
Flaunoe, expert on Bacon Banjos .
Thank you for your
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
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
SN 8820 is manufactured
early 1923 at the same time as the introduction of the
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.
Another example of a
Blue Ribbon on Bill's page
The banjo has a great clarity of note on all strings and in all
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
The resonator finish was buffed then fine wool to "satin-ize"
the finish, make it more like the original patina finish of the
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
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
Like tapping a Strad Violin or something as I mentioned.
really is a SUPER Bacon Blue Ribbon
A banjo that lived up to its name. Way to go Fred!
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