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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Epiphone Bandmaster early 20 fret


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banjobug7 - Posted - 11/25/2019:  22:15:51


I have seen the article on Epiphone Bandmaster and I have one and I believe it is an early one. It is not made in rosewood. It is I believe in maple and very nice and ornate, with a carved heal and all the fancy inlays. I think it also has one of the nicest head inlays! It is also a 20 fret that I tune tenor CGDA and it has a fantastic sound and action. From what I read, they were suppose to be the first with the reinforced necks with metal rods. Even before Gibson started doing the same. Could explain some of the added weight!

stylexnumber9 - Posted - 11/25/2019:  23:33:12


Photos please

DSmoke - Posted - 11/26/2019:  15:51:06


Here is a link to the catalog which gives some good information on the design and build. I am not a historian and don't really like to date banjos but I believe Gibsons truss rod was before the Epiphone, which is just steel in the neck.

acousticmusic.org/wp-content/u...talog.pdf



Great banjos, I have an A, would love to see pictures too.



Gil Draper knows a lot about these banjos, not sure if he is on here, but an internet search and you should find him.

banjotrader - Posted - 11/26/2019:  16:51:56


quote:

Originally posted by banjobug7

I have seen the article on Epiphone Bandmaster and I have one and I believe it is an early one. It is not made in rosewood. It is I believe in maple and very nice and ornate, with a carved heal and all the fancy inlays. I think it also has one of the nicest head inlays! It is also a 20 fret that I tune tenor CGDA and it has a fantastic sound and action. From what I read, they were suppose to be the first with the reinforced necks with metal rods. Even before Gibson started doing the same. Could explain some of the added weight!






We've talked about this banjo several times before.  Your banjo is likely one of the early B's made of Maple.  Here is the Epiphone reference that I wrote: banjohangout.org/archive/301265

JackRyanNPU - Posted - 11/26/2019:  17:51:45


Dan, you of course understand Peter wrote the book on Epiphones.

I know you don’t want to admit it, but it is undeniable.

Give credit where it’s due.

dugzbawz - Posted - 12/01/2019:  09:33:48


quote:

Originally posted by banjobug7

I have seen the article on Epiphone Bandmaster and I have one and I believe it is an early one. It is not made in rosewood. It is I believe in maple and very nice and ornate, with a carved heal and all the fancy inlays. I think it also has one of the nicest head inlays! It is also a 20 fret that I tune tenor CGDA and it has a fantastic sound and action. From what I read, they were suppose to be the first with the reinforced necks with metal rods. Even before Gibson started doing the same. Could explain some of the added weight!






Please post photos. I have had a few 20 fret maple model A's over the years and one very early model B (Bandmaster) which was mahogany and would love to see your maple Bandmaster. Jock

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