An early Epiphone / House of Stathopoulo banjo, from some time after 1917, likely in the 1920s. It has a new 5-string maple neck, which is straight and plays great. It has an 11 7/8" rim and arched tone ring, giving it a sound that is both warm and bright. Sounds great in standard G tuning both clawhammer and with picks, and it also really shines when tuned low to E, like John Hartford sometimes did, or in C with thick baritone strings as Béla Fleck has been doing recently. If you live with someone who can't stand the sound of the banjo, you'd be amazed at how accepting they will be of a low-tuned banjo like this. Set up with a moon bridge and a skin head.
There isn't much info around on these early Epiphone banjos, but it looks like they made a number of inventions similar to Gibson, who bought the company in the 50s. These inventions include the coordinator rod bolt-on neck instead of dowel stick, and a wooden lip and integrated wooden flange / bracket band to avoid needing to puncture the rim with lots of holes for individual shoes to hold the hooks on.
Here's a few videos of it with various setups and playing styles:
More photos here:
United States, Bellingham, WA, 98225
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