Is anyone familiar with this make? I have been given an old banjo with the name checkmate on the peghead. The banjo is very light and has guitar style tuning pegs. Also very narrow neck. I will try to post some pictures John
'Checkmate' is listed on the Hawthorn site as being entry level Asian.
And that's exactly what it is.
I have one a friend bought for me for $10 when he spotted it at a yard sale. It had a cheap aluminum decal on the headstock on which I ground the 'c' and the 'mate off of, leaving the word 'heck' and dubbed it the Heck-Tone. I did it 'cause everyone kept asking... "what the heck is that!"