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No name banjo has been identified, maybe, sort of.......

Posted by vega long neck on Friday, June 11, 2010

The old banjo (the one curently in my photo) given to me by a friend a few years back was identified a jam last week. Another player was eyeing it and asking question because he hadn't seen me play it before and after he played a bit and looked a bit he remarked that he didn't know the "brand" but he was sure it was manufactured by the Buckbee company of New York City. Apparantly Buckbee made banjos for various other outlets and usually not under his own name. Some internet sleuthing about Buckbee was interesting and explains why I found it a far better playing banjo than I expected when it was given to me (in VERY bad condition). What a delght. I would guess it was made just before or after 1900 from reading some of the manufacturing data. Doesn't really matter, I like playing it, not looking at it as an investment object. Hey, that's kind of how I feel about all my instruments!

A previous blog talks about it's rise from the ashes to current playing condition. It's definately NOT in original condition, even before given to me.



1 comment on “No name banjo has been identified, maybe, sort of.......”

Ks_5-picker Says:
Sunday, June 13, 2010 @8:07:17 PM

I'm glad you resurrected that old banjo.I've got one from the 1890s,a Supertone that I'm gettin up and running.I had to replace the neck with one from a similar era,it might be a Buckbee neck. I'll have pics when it's done.

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