Does anyone remember someone named M.J. De Young? I got this banjo at an auction in michigan, i thought it was an eagle stew mac kit banjo, maybe it is, but its much higher quality than other kit banjos ive seen. And the inlays are all hand done, rim, resonator and neck are much higher quality than what ive seen from stew mac. Can anyone help me id this? Is it a kit banjo or something else?
It probably is a Stew-Mac kit banjo. or at least all Stew-Mac parts. It looks like it was assembled by a competent craftsman, though when ever I see rhinestones on a modern instrument I always question their aesthetic taste.
thanks, thats where im leaning. The rhinestones are gaudy for sure. do you know of any resources on old stew mac parts? Ive only seen the multiply rims and never a nohole tone ring, ive got this setup with a new bridge and its a hoss for sure, not sure if i could ever play it in public though ;-)