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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Help me identify my banjo, please?

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kelseylydia - Posted - 12/02/2019:  17:40:07

Hello, banjo experts!

I’m hoping you can help me figure out the possible age and/or origin of this banjo. I’ve had it for a few years and am looking at selling/upgrading, but have no idea what information to provide for a potential buyer.

There are no clues aside from a Grover fretboard and a faded “MW” engraved on the tailpiece (pictures attached). Any ideas?

Thank you!!


beegee - Posted - 12/02/2019:  18:09:28

It's a generic Asian banjo, probably from the late 70's into the 80's. Value $75-100 maybe.

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 12/02/2019:  18:15:05

This is a generic Asian made banjo and could have been sold under about a billion different names. There's not really much you can tell a potentila buyer other than "5 string banjo."

It's a beginner level, aluminum rimmed, open back, banjo. It isn't at all valuable: $75-125 tops, probably closer to the lower figure.

HarleyQ - Posted - 12/02/2019:  18:35:12

I see a resonator.

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 12/03/2019:  08:24:57

Yes, there is a resonator. I was duped by the photo that doesn't show it. Other than "open back," the rest of the description still stands.

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