Vintage A.C. Fairbanks Special Electric 5-String banjo, SN 17162, 1898. ‘Ekectric’ Scalloped Tone Ring. Check out the video on Youtube youtu.be/DVVokiovXzk and found live on Reverb using these search words in the title.
11” rim, comfortable 27” scale. Spun rim construction with that amazing tone ring, a perfect combination. The serial numbers are clear. The dowel has the Fairbanks plate plated but is unstamped. All aspects identify this banjo as an Electric in every way. Fancier inlay pattern (one piece expertly replaced) than a Style 0 Electric. Original hardware with newer armrest and vintage tailpiece. One bracket and nut missing. The fingerboard was partially detached when I purchased however still perfectly aligned. The re-glue was straightforward and a success. There is a slight forward bow but it plays comfortably, accurately and in tune in all positions. Strung with Aquila Nylgut Strings, has a Renaissance head and newer bridge. It is bright, has great volume and a lovely tone - no problem cutting through in a session.
This banjo is a pleasure to play and hear. I’m fortunate to have a second Electric and another Whyte Laydie rim with a 5-string Vega Style neck I made. I’m downsizing my 5-string collection and had to make a tough choice to sell. See my other Electric EBay listing.
Comes with a vintage leather case most probably original. I will ship in the case but I suggest you purchase a hard shell case as this one is compromised and best for display only. For that reason, I will bubble wrap and as importantly, double box for shipping USPS Priority 2-3 day, insured, signature required. Returns accepted with 3 days to decide before shipping. That’s how I like to buy. Please feel free to contact me with questions or for more photos. Thanks for looking.
United States, St. Paul, MN, 55102
50.00 Continental, 120.00 Other
Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back.
Buyer pays return shipping.
Additional return policy details: Return in the same condition as shipped for full refund
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Very Good Condition
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