I run a gutiar repair shop and I must admit that my knowledge of vintage banjos is lacking. I came across this and thought it was well-built, so I bought it. Neither the seller nor myself could identify it. I, after removing the head, found "George Washburn" and "2212" branded inside.
Do any of you banjo gurus know what year or model this might be? Any idea as to value? Thanks!
too effed up, missing much to many original brackets. to many mismatched parts. Cheap Champions used to replace the original molded celluloid friction pegs. Any collector with knowledge would stay away from it
The hooks/nuts are relatively cheap to find vintage replacements for. Generally speaking, this really isn't a "collector's instrument" to begin with. I think you'd have an easy time getting $200 for it here on BHO or on eBay.
To me, it looks like someone maybe added the mismatched hardware (every other shoe, hook, and nut). My George Washburn has 16 sets, this one has 32. I wonder if this is even the original pot as I thought these models were all spun-over german silver construction. One thing I like about these old Washburns is the thick slab of ebony used for the fingerboard. Since all my other banjos are gut or nylon, I keep this one with steel strings. D. Culgan