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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: ID Eddie Adcock's early banjo

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Enot Retsam - Posted - 12/02/2019:  18:58:55

Always thought it had different sound and wouldn't have been a Gibson, although it sounded like a ball-bearing, whatever brand it was. Ran across these old photos and I'm thinking a Vega of some sort? I think someone will be able to ID it through prior knowledge, or by looking at the unique Flange.

Alvin Conder - Posted - 12/02/2019:  19:17:33

From the flange, it looks like a ‘30’s Epiphone Recording banjo.

Brian Murphy - Posted - 12/02/2019:  19:23:38

Alvin is likely correct.  Link to prior thread that links to another prior thread: LINK

Edited by - Brian Murphy on 12/02/2019 19:24:56

Bill Rogers - Posted - 12/02/2019:  20:46:28

It’s an Epiphone; I think with a conversion 5-string neck, but it may be an original 5. He played it for years.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 12/02/2019 20:47:06

The Old Timer - Posted - 12/02/2019:  21:20:24

Martha recently discussed this banjo somewhere. I think Tom Morgan and Eddie made the 5 string neck. I also think Eddie changed the resonator on it too.

kyleb - Posted - 12/03/2019:  11:55:39

it looks like he may have a gibson resonator on it, zoom in on this picture and theres a thumb screw holding the resonator on where it would be on a gibson resonator.

these epiphones had 2 thumb screws directly across from each other in the middle.

kyleb - Posted - 12/03/2019:  11:56:19

epiphone with similar flange design

Enot Retsam - Posted - 12/03/2019:  18:13:22

Thanks, Brian. Followed the links and eventually read the story as reported by Marthy and as dictated by Eddie, of the "drop-kicked banjo." Couldn't stop laughing.  While I was reading, all I kept thinking, was dear Lord, had we had cell phones in those days, what a video that would have been!


Edited by - Enot Retsam on 12/03/2019 18:15:01

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