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banjo identity crisis

Posted by Hank2 on Monday, June 11, 2012

My wife and I took a short "vacation" , It rained almost the whole time so we stopped at a yard sale where I found this unknown banjo. The name on it is Concord it has a 20 hole tone ring weighs about 14 lbs it has stainless steel bowtie shaped inserts on the fretboard which appears to be made of rosewood. the neck is mahogany the resonator is made out of some wood I am not quite sure of but it is not not mahogany maybe maple with a gold color design on it, it also has a Presto tail piece and a Grover 5/8" bridge it came with a spring type 5th string capo mounted on a slide much like a Shubb 5th string capo rides on also there are s Shubb capo many assorted finger and thumb picks, it came in a very nice arched top case(very well constructed, When I picked it up and tuned the rusty old strings I was amazed at the tone. I bought the mystery banjo for $ 125.00 case and all. Does anyone out there in banjoland have any information on this beast, where made or anything. I am a beginner and what I know is very limited but I do know this sounds much better than my Mastercraft maple bluegrass banjo. This thing frets so easy that I expected to get a string buzz but as of yet I haven't heard any. I was told that it used to belong to a player who was killed in an accident and it sat in a closet for many years, I can tell by wear wear on the head that it was played quite a bit but the finish on all of the rest of it is nearly flawless someone took good care if it.. Anyhow I bought it for the sound not to resell. but I'm curious about it. 

                                                                                                                                                  thanx Hank2



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