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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Another Request for Help with Identifying a Banjo

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CHoeschen - Posted - 03/30/2021:  11:18:26

Hello. New here. I wonder if anyone could help me identify the builder/brand of this little banjo based on the peghead? A one-off home-built maybe? It looked a little intriguing to me, and a little more intriguing still as it has a Jack Pierce signature inside the skin head -- and though he was a fiddler, I wondered if it could be the Jack Pierce who played with Jimmie Rodgers for a short time in the mid-20's. Thanks in advance for any help.

Bob Smakula - Posted - 03/30/2021:  12:47:28

We definitely need more pictures. And one very important detail; When taking pictures, remove the banjo from the case. The case creates shadows that impair our abilities to see important details.

Bob Smakula

CHoeschen - Posted - 03/30/2021:  13:57:53

Hi Bob (and all). I had meant to mention that I spotted the banjo in a local craigslist post, and am at the mercy of the photos they provided. Here are a few more, though I'm afraid that this is all I've got.


G Edward Porgie - Posted - 03/30/2021:  15:41:45

Looking closely, it appears that this banjo has a cracked neck heel. It is also missing the neck attachment hardware.

To me, these issues, and the fact that it never was a high end instrument are more important than the maker or some previous owner who may have been, but probably wasn't the Jack Pierce who played fiddle with Jimmy Rogers.

CHoeschen - Posted - 03/31/2021:  10:05:46

Thank you. Sounds like probably a hard pass.

vintagetenor - Posted - 03/31/2021:  12:43:26

Those Grover locking tuners caught my eye.

Dan Gellert - Posted - 04/01/2021:  06:58:56


Originally posted by vintagetenor

Those Grover locking tuners caught my eye.

Locking tuners?  They look like standard Grover Champions to me.

Did they make those with a string-locking screw on top?  If so, that's news to me. 

Edited by - Dan Gellert on 04/01/2021 07:01:51

vintagetenor - Posted - 04/01/2021:  07:25:32

I just took a closer look, Dan, blowing up the photo. Yes, they're Grover Champions.

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