mfg in Bridgeport CT ,U.S.A.
#1011 / 1981
In the 1970's Liberty, along with Stewart-McDonald were among the first U.S.A. Banjo makers to embrace custom work and aftermarket parts sales.
Paul Morrissey, Bob Flesher and Jim De Cava were the backbone of the operations.
Flesher and De Cava are both fine builders in their own shops now.
R.I.P. Paul a great friend and mentor, that helped me get into the banjo world.
Promenade was second to the top of the line "Cotillion" model.
Cotillion is featured on a Mel Bay method book in the 90s
Rare and arguably the highest quality USA banjo made in the 1980s-90s.
Gibson and Fender were now facing competition from small shop builders such as Liberty, who could get quality Artisans working together to make fine instruments.
Unrestored example, showing normal signs of playing wear
Fresh setup on DR strings CGDA
Would also make a great Irish banjo, in GDAE
3 ply Rolled maple rim
Walnut neck with walnut veneer resonator/rim
Neck is slim and fast, with low action, easy player
Ebony fingerboard and peg head overlays and heel cap
Ornate Abalone MOP all the way around the instrument
Gold plating (worn)
11" archtop, 40 hole tone ring
One piece flange with iconic "Whale tail" sound ports
Highly engraved metalwork
"Bear Claw" tailpiece
Richelieu "Pick a hoy"
OHSC in VGC, some "Case candy" will still be in it.
Serial number (PDF) for Promenade Model found here