I just bought a Hy-Lo banjo at a yardsale. Its a 5 string with a resonator. I am trying to find some information about the company who made it and when the banjo might have been made. Does anyone have any information about Hy-Lo banjos? I am pretty certain this is a Japanese manufacturer, but other than that, I can't find any other info.
I found on a guitar site that Hy-Lo guitars were Japanese and made in the '60s. There was a review of a Hy Lo guitar that said essentially that it didn't look bad and was sturdy. I don't know if that last translates to banjos, but the brand is most likely Japanese.
It is possibly Asian in origin given Jims reply. However for a more definitive assessment, you would need do post some clear photos. The procedure how to do this is found in the red(ish) RHS column under '+ Add Content'.
Wayne New Zealand
My short-term memory is not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my short-term memory's not as sharp as it used to be.