This banjo was originally made for the WTB Sterling brand. By the look of it I imagine it was made by Buckbee or their successors Rettberg and Lange, but several other manufacturers are possible.
The 10.75" half-spun rim, tension hoop, and cherry neck are original. The hex shoes (a style common on instruments like this one at the time) hooks and nuts are replacements. It also features a new pau ferro fingerboard with 12 maple flush frets and a scoop, bone nut, ebony peghead overlay and tailpiece, Remo Renaissance head, and Grover "Champion" friction tuners. The finish inside the rim is original to the best of my knowledge, while the neck has been refinished with Tru Oil. The area around the original fifth string tuner was badly chewed up and has been replaced with a graft (see photos). There is what appears a crack in the heel which was repaired long ago and is holding strong. The nickel plating is wearing through in places and shows some spots where it had corroded but is now fairly clean.
This banjo will never be a collectors item, but it sure is a lot of fun to play now. The neck is straight and stiff thanks to the addition of the fingerboard and it has a clear and lively tone. Action is just under 1/4" at the 12th fret with a 1/2" bridge, which is pretty standard for the period. The nut width is ~1 3/8" and the scale length is 24". It is currently strung with light Nylgut strings and tuned to standard G. This would be great for someone who wants to try out fretless playing, or who is looking for a "campfire" banjo.
Note: The rather unusual dowel stick is original. It is a hollow metal tube through which a smaller wooden dowel runs.
$50 within the continental US and Canada
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Condition of Item(s):
Used - Good Condition
'18 Hole Tone Ring' 1 hr