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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Help with ID- dowel adjuster and Headstock

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Mikegivney - Posted - 05/15/2022:  21:00:38

Can anyone give me some ideas of the makers that would have a headstock of this shape and a dowel adjuster of this style? These are the only two photos I have, but it is a spun over rim, black painted interior with slotted screws, and some pretty nice inlay on the fretboard. It has, what I believe to be , an Eleanor D Son tailpiece. Not much to go on but, any help appreciated ….


hbick2 - Posted - 05/16/2022:  08:19:05

I believe this was possibly a Cole product.

If you look at the dowel adjuster, you can see where the dowel stick was notched out underneath it, in the same way as a Cole neck attachment. The Fairbanks/Vega style horseshoe appears to be added over top of the notch. The headstock shape resembles closely some of Cole's products.

Are there any markings inside the rim? Names; serial numbers, patents, etc. Pictures of the inlay and other parts of the banjo would help a lot.

Andy FitzGibbon - Posted - 05/17/2022:  02:22:43

I agree with Harry. It looks like a low-end Cole to me as well.

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 05/18/2022:  06:26:10

That is not a "dowel adjuster." It is to keep the neck heel tight to the rim. You can't change the neck angle or the action with that bracket.

Mikegivney - Posted - 05/18/2022:  06:57:03

You are correct, that should have read “dowel hardware.
Thanks for your input fellas.

rexhunt - Posted - 05/18/2022:  08:18:17

That dowel hardware was used by many manufactures and is still available today.


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