Outstanding circa 1900 A.C. Fairbanks Electric No. 0, serial #19968 in Excellent Plus condition. Included are 2 sets of original tuners, the original tailpiece, a hardshell case and its original canvas “duck” case if the buyer wants it. Price for everything is $2150 plus ground shipping to CONUS, also the 3% PayPal fee if that is used for payment.
This banjo has the ideal configuration of a 10 3/4” head and a 26 1/4” scale. Of course it has the famous Electric tone ring which would soon morph into the Whyte Laydie tone ring. It was produced when the quality of Fairbanks banjos was at its height. You won’t find a better conditioned example from this period anywhere.
This banjo has had very little done to it in its lifetime. It has its original hardware, original finish, original engraved pearl, etc. It has had a small piece of binding replaced and some minor cosmetic work done on the headstock. It came with two sets of tuners, the original ivoroid tuners and a bone(?) tailpiece plus a set of metal patent tuners, including the 5th string. The head is stamped "W.D.Miller." The string height at the nut is 1/16", at the 22nd fret it's 3/16" and at the bridge it's 7/16".
Because I wanted to play it with steel strings, I had a set of PegHed geared tuners professionally installed. I also installed a reproduction No Knot tailpiece to accommodate the steel strings. Should you wish, it would be easy to reinstall either set of the original tuners and the original tailpiece.
The banjo comes with a black Guardian hard case. The interior pouch has no lid, but a shaving kit fits perfectly. Otherwise, the case is also in excellent shape.
This banjo would be ideal for either a collector or a player. It plays like a dream and looks like the masterpiece that it is.
Photos are here: flickr.com/photos/docham/album...449139761
United States, Brenham, TX, 77833
Ground shipping CONUS $100
Cash (in person), Paypal
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 - Excellent Condition
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