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cg45acp - Posted - 05/11/2022:  17:50:27

New to the forum so a little about me. I've built a few acoustic guitars from scratch and have always found a banjo intriguing. I was in a old junk store and stumbled across this piece. I'm assuming due to the lack of identity must be a be a buckbee. I think its in good enough shape to make it live again. Any info would be helpful

Edited by - cg45acp on 05/11/2022 19:25:11


Old Hickory - Posted - 05/11/2022:  18:34:09

Link to photos.

cg45acp - Posted - 05/11/2022:  19:26:37

Thanks, thought I uploaded images

Edited by - cg45acp on 05/11/2022 19:29:01


Dan Gellert - Posted - 05/11/2022:  19:30:01

More photos, please, especially the back of the rim from some other angles.

cg45acp - Posted - 05/11/2022:  19:52:10


Originally posted by cg45acp

Thanks, thought I uploaded images


Jim Bollman - Posted - 05/11/2022:  20:21:34

This banjo is possibly a " marriage "- the rim and serial number may be Luscomb but the neck is a low grade
" trade " banjo.

Ks_5-picker - Posted - 05/11/2022:  20:36:04

Make sure the neck action has the right back bow. I once paid a good bit more for one just like it but could not make it playable without leveling and new frets. Decided not to spend the $ on it.

Bob Smakula - Posted - 05/12/2022:  03:34:59

I agree with Jim Bollman. The rim is one of the several versions Luscomb manufactured and the neck is likely an Oscar Schmidt. The neck tensioning hardware is seen only on Oscar Schmidt banjos.

Bob Smakula


cg45acp - Posted - 05/12/2022:  05:50:25

i dont know any better but it does look like a luscomb rim in picture comparison. the headstock screams buckbee to me with schmidt hardware. it very well is some sort of mixed bag of parts. whats your opinions, make it a player? it seems luscomb banjos have some value, part it out?

BeeEnvironment - Posted - 05/12/2022:  05:53:04

Well, I think if you really are interesting in banjo and are willing to put the time and effort into it, then DEFINETELY try fixing it up. I think it would be wise to use gut strings instead of steel, as steel 'might' bend the neck.

Russ A.

mbanza - Posted - 05/12/2022:  06:31:33

The rim stick has clearly been scarf jointed to the neck.

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 05/12/2022:  08:25:26

Probably a cheap Oscar Schmidt neck grafted to a different (better) rim. The neck attachment hardware is definitely Schmidt, and the scarf joint shows it's not the neck that came with the banjo. The neck heel does not look like Buckbee, and Schmidt also used that peg head shape.

I think this can be set up to play, if the neck is straight and it's been attached so that it's correctly aligned. The "action" on this will be way higher than a guitar's usual height. Use nylon strings (gut is okay, but expensive) with a 1/2 inch light weight bridge.

If you encounter any problems, please get back to the hangout and you'll likely find answers.

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