This old 5 String Banjo with its unique "Tree of Life" neck inlays is not only a musical instrument but also a work of art. The maker lies in the mist of the early 1900's. It's simple, but graceful. It seems so many times vine inlays are allowed to get so busy that they become cluttered and difficult to distinguish, but this is a very pleasing Tree of Life., Circa 1900--1915, Supertone, I believe, though it has no manufacture's marking or serial numbers.
It has an 11" skin head, 26' scale, 34" overall length. Comes with a chipboard case. It is a classic old time instrument.
That said, the instrument plays well, action at 12th fret about 1/8",and as the pictures show, has very little signs of wear. It has the original friction toners and at one time the inside of the pot was ebonized, stained or painted black. What you see as lighter areas is where the stain has faded or flaked. There are no cracks in the pot
There are some minor cracks in the finger board as well as tiny bits of inlay are missing. I was going to address these with my luthier but figured I would sell it as is and the new buyer could deal with these problems as they do not affect the playability or looks of the instrument and would increase the cost. some cracks in the finger board as well as some small bits of missing inlay . The frets are not worn and there are no playing grooves in the finger board. It is pleasant to the ear and the eye
United States, Citrus Heights, CA, 95610
Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Good Condition
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