This S.S. Stewart Thoroughbred is a classic, the iconic epitome of the 19th Century banjo. It is serial #57112 (double stamped and corrected on the rim), late 1890's, 12" rim, 30 hooks, 19 frets, and 27 5/8" scale. It has an Elite "Lynbrooks" tailpiece and a Rogers head.
The Thoroughbred is said to have been favored by performing musicians. The 12" diameter produces greater volume and fuller tone. The simple fret markers appealed to players more interested in sound than bling.
Inside the rim, four brackets remain which were part of the support of an after market ring that converted the instrument to an arch top (1906 patent 833517 by W.B. Farmer). There is also a vintage-style wire arm rest and a good-as-new hard-shell case.
With the current 5/8" bridge, the action at the 12th fret is 0.11". That low action, preferred by many in the 20th Century, was achieved by some previous owner by raising the end bolt hole in the rim 1/2" and shimming the neck at the top with a copper strip 0.025" thick. The original, typical 19th C. action could easily be recovered by returning the end bolt to its original hole and removing the shim.
The substantial neck is perfectly straight and true, with a 1 1/4" width at the nut. The only perceptible wear is on the first two frets. Barely visible (see photos of frets #1, 2, and 3, presented in that order), it is not deep enough to feel with a finger or fingernail. It certainly has no impact on performance.
United States, Pasadena, CA, 91103
$95 ConUS, carrier negotiable
Payment Option Notes:
Venmo worked fine for another BHO transaction.
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: initial shipping not refunded on return
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Very Good Condition
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