Hey, I have a John Grey and Sons 5 string Banjo. Im looking to find an exact year, I know they where made between 1911 and 1967. but im trying to find somthing my exact. It does not have a truss rod, and its got a "dowel stick" instead of a corodanation rod. Anybody know anything?
John Grey and Sons London. Anybody know much about them?
Apart from the link that Bil posted, there is really not much more available on John Grey banjos. Like many other makers of old, very few records were kept so it makes it almost impossible to put a date on a particular instrument.
The 1950's period was when they made horrible, basic banjos like the one pictured above. I started out on a long-neck 5 string of '60's vintage, wood shell, no tone ring, poorly constructed. Got me hooked on the old banjer, though
Yeah, Mines pretty poor quality, But it sounds nice to my ears and makes me want to play, so thats all I need. I've Dated mine back to early 60's. I bought it off this neat old lady, her husband bought It for His brothers kid but he never played it so He got It back and learnt Himself. From what she says He found in a pawn shop round the mid sixtys.
John Grey died a long time ago. The chap who took over the business knows all the history of John Grey banjos and other instruments. I had a chat with him and he told me john Grey never made any banjos. They were made for him including other instruments like concertinas. Many years ago I had one or two John Greys. One of them was very good but the other which was probably earlier, maybe prewar was awful. They did progressively improve.