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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Emperador Banjo? Help...!


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Skyler_gilbert - Posted - 02/07/2010:  19:46:54


Well my uncle gave this banjo to me last summer and i havent been able to play it much cause it needs some repair. but i was trying to find some info on the dealer on google to see the value and what not but i found nothing...

Its a 70's Custom made Emperador 5 string banjo

all original parts...a bit heavy tho

so if yall got any info on it let me know!!

thanks -skyler

http://www.flickr.com/photos/296063.../4339096789/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/296063...photostream/


Edited by - Skyler_gilbert on 02/07/2010 19:47:53

Skyler_gilbert - Posted - 02/07/2010:  19:55:32


Ill post more pictures too
if yall want... :D

Skyler_gilbert - Posted - 02/07/2010:  20:22:11


"Emprador was sued by Gibson in the 80's because they were making knock off Gibsons and selling them in the states. Emprador guitars is no longer a company so therefore if you have an emprador keep it there VERY rare guitars. " i found this on a website

but it didnt say anything about them making banjos....

ARG

southerndrifter - Posted - 02/09/2010:  05:42:42


The first "Mastertone" style banjo I ever owned was an Emperador, just like this one. They were a Japanese copy of a Gibson RB-250 from the '70's. I got mine in 1977, before the Gibson lawsuit. After the lawsuit, the Emperador banjo was still made, but with a different shaped peghead, a different style of flange and no concentric rings in the resonator. The one I had was a very good banjo and I wish I had it back!

mattrogers5 - Posted - 02/09/2010:  06:21:19


Hey Lynwood, I bought one from D. Osbourne back in the early 70's when he was selling banjers out of his mothers house on hwy 150...before the music barn! still have bits and pieces of it ......basically a 250 copy with a multiply rim and 2 piece flange...heavy banjo with a good sound to it .

southerndrifter - Posted - 02/09/2010:  07:10:16


quote:
Originally posted by mattrogers5

Hey Lynwood, I bought one from D. Osbourne back in the early 70's when he was selling banjers out of his mothers house on hwy 150...before the music barn! still have bits and pieces of it ......basically a 250 copy with a multiply rim and 2 piece flange...heavy banjo with a good sound to it .



We've come a long way baby!!!

flange5st - Posted - 02/09/2010:  09:38:28


http://hawthorne.fastie.com/asianbanjos/index.htm

somtimes there's info on this web site that is helpful...peace

Bill Rogers - Posted - 02/09/2010:  13:44:13


A very decent Masterclone. Probably in the $750+ value range. Worth the repair for sure, as long as it's done by a practiced banjo repairer. Don't take it to a guitar fixer who claims, "Sure, I can do that." Where are you? Someone on BHO might know a reliable dealer or repairer near you.

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