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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: R.A. Sanders fretless


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twangpicker - Posted - 05/05/2022:  22:08:04


We found this very old fretless banjo in the basement. We don't know much about it.
I saw a similar one sell online, but it was like a coconut shape. This one is more traditional. Can anyone tell me how old it is and how I might sell it? It was missing the bridge and tailpiece and a couple of tuners. I have it sort of playable now. It is actually a six string but I only have five on it now. Maybe it is worth two or three hundred dollars? It is stamped on the side of the headstock and the neck where it meets the body. I have included a couple of pictures. I might try it on ebay. It sounds pretty cool.

Bob Smakula - Posted - 05/06/2022:  04:21:07


twangpicker

Post the pictures directly to the forum page. They come out bigger and you will receive more informed responses from the banjo brain trust here on Banjo Hangout.

Bob Smakula

twangpicker - Posted - 05/06/2022:  06:20:46




I have this R.A. Sanders fretless banjo. I would like to sell it. Any ideas or info. I saw a guy on youtube has one with frets. He calls them flush frets. He said it is around 1880.

twangpicker - Posted - 05/06/2022:  06:22:24


OK I did that thanks. I'll wait and see what happens.

Originally posted by Bob Smakula

twangpicker



Post the pictures directly to the forum page. They come out bigger and you will receive more informed responses from the banjo brain trust here on Banjo Hangout.



Bob Smakula






 

kyleb - Posted - 05/06/2022:  08:28:13


wow thats a really neat banjo. i have no idea about it but im posting here to follow.

TriMD180 - Posted - 05/06/2022:  13:34:10


Your pictures are still not on the forum, but I can see them on your page. I’d like to see a closer look at the peg head (where the tuners are) and the other end where the tailpiece attaches. It looks a lot like mine, which also came from Canada and was an English copy of what is known as the 1867 patent Dobson Banjo. Could be from the 1880’s or a bit earlier. Here are some pics of mine. I believe that mine was made by an English maker who worked in the London area from 1860’s to about 1900 I think his name was Etherington.


The Old Timer - Posted - 05/06/2022:  15:08:00


The photos in the Media section of your profile show what is probably and 1800s banjo, and I agree it was originally a 6 string.

It might be of interest as a collectible, to someone.

twangpicker - Posted - 05/07/2022:  10:27:55


quote:Originally posted by twangpicker I have this R.A. Sanders fretless banjo. I would like to sell it. Any ideas or info. I saw a guy on youtube has one with frets. He calls them flush frets. He said it is around 1880.banjohangout.org/forum/attachm...ID=285974



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twangpicker - Posted - 05/07/2022:  10:39:00


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Mainebanjo - Posted - 05/08/2022:  08:47:56


any pictures of the back? Is it an open back?

Mainebanjo - Posted - 05/08/2022:  08:54:04


I see that Clifton Hicks has a youtube video showing a very similar example.

IMBanjoJim - Posted - 05/08/2022:  09:23:18


I have something similar, but without a back, and without a maker’s mark.
Mine came from England.




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