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olddirtybanjo

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since 2/22/15

05/19/2017 05:11:56 View olddirtybanjo's Classified Ads View olddirtybanjo's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Would the correct nut on a R&L made supertone be bone, ebony, rosewood?

My latest banjo fix came in the form of my first supertone last week. 😊


Label is not legible, but from research matches the description and other extant examples of a "the century" model. Found it on 1908 and 1908 Sears catalogs.

It was missing a few things including the tailpiece but I actually had an elite in my parts box from past project that should be correct for it. Going with nlyguts too.

It is missing the nut though and want to make it as correct as possible. Will post pics shortly. Love these years with the real pearl inlay , even though mine seem oddly crooked for american craftsmanship of this era lol. I think this one will clean up very nice.

trapdoor2Players Union Member

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10326 posts since 4/23/04

05/19/2017 07:41:59View trapdoor2's MP3 Archive View trapdoor2's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

A local banjoist has one of these and it has an ebony nut. That really means nothing, of course. Nuts are easily replaced...esp. over a century. Bone was used, ebony, dyed hardwood (like maple or apple/pear), etc., etc. I would spend more time worrying about what "looks good" rather than total correctness (which is probably unknowable).

Generally, the nuts on this era of banjos are very narrow compared to today's stuff.

For me and a 'pearl' like this, I think I'd opt for a dash of contrast. Or not, Stewmac offers a pearl blank too. 

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