From what I have been able to find out, this is an exapmple of the top of the line Gretsch banjo. It has an engraved and color dyed pearloid fretboard that appears to me to be all original and in very good condition. There seems to be minimal fret wear. The wood appears to me to be walnut both on the neck and on the single bound resonator which are both in very nice condition. The friction tuners and the tailpiece appear to be original. The resonator can be easily and quickly removed if desired.
The tone rim is a nickel-bronze alloy that was die cast and silver plated. The original plating was deteriorated so I had the tone rim stripped and nickel plated. The top tension style tension hoop with integral arm rest was of the same alloy. The hoop was pulled down quite a bit as would be expected. The first time I tried to bring the strings to pitch, the tension hoop broke at one of several existing cracks. I built an exact CNC machined replica of the tension hoop using high strength aircraft aluminum and had it nickel plated. It comes with the original (?) or at least a period correct hard shell case.
I bought this banjo because I appreciated the styling and innovative design. I invested some time and materials to honor the craftsmen that created it and to move it forward in the best possible condition. I'm not a Tenor banjo player, but I think it could be enjoyed for many years to come. If you're interested let me know what it would be worth to you. If you have questions please send a message.
United States, IL, 52637
To be determined
Check/Money Order, Cash (in person)
Returns not accepted.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Very Good Condition
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