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For Sale: 1922 Fairbanks-Vega TUBAPHONE #3 Original 5-String Banjo

Posted By: mmm Bacon | Rate Member
 Member 9+ Years  Verified Seller  Returns allowed with money back refund

$2,750 USD

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1922 Fairbanks-Vega TUBAPHONE #3 Original 5-String Banjo

This banjo came from an estate auction and was sold as having belonged to J. C. Dailey, a "noted banjo artist and composer" during the early 1900's. Eight photocopies and one original handbill from his career will be included.

- Serial number 50233 which is probably 1922 or possibly 1923.
- Original 5-string neck which is very straight.
- 28 brackets with a 10-15/16" rim.
- Frets have very little wear.
- Heel carving was done by hand done prior to Vega's machine carved necks.
- Tuners have been changed to small-shaft ABMs using the original brownish buttons,
- The 5th string tuner is a Planetary with an old cream colored button, but there is a more brownish button in the case.
- Hooks are newer but the original tarnished ones are in the case.
- Skin is some type of synthetic fiberskin which has the same surface on both sides.
- Original parts include: arm rest, cammed NoKnot tailpiece, dowel stick hardware, all pearl inlays, and original tuner shafts which are in the case.
- Peghead overlay is not cracked, but has two chips.
- Fingerboard "appears" to be ebony. If it is ebonized pearwood it is in extremely good condition.
- Overall the banjo is in very good shape, but does show slight overall wear-and-tear.
- String height at the 12th fret is 4/32" with a 5/8" bridge. (The photos show a shorter bridge.)
- Newer bump style case is included.
- Shipping will be exact cost with no extra charges.

Price is $2750

PM me and I will send you many high-res photos. Thanks.


United States, MA


Buyer pays exact shipping cost.

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Return Policy:

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 - Very Good Condition




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