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Jul 16, 2019 - 4:22 AM

kotzejh

South Africa

2 posts since 7/16/2019

I have a G.H. & S Banjo and is looking for a bit more info on it.

It was given to me as a gift from a lady that said her father bought it in the 1930's

See attached pics.




 

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:53:52 AM

1780 posts since 12/31/2005

Google "George Houghton & Son" and "zither banjo."  English company from late 1800's to 1962. Nice instruments. Mid level offerings. You won't retire by selling it but it's very cool.

Edited by - Brian Murphy on 07/16/2019 04:55:05

Jul 16, 2019 - 6:00:28 AM

1780 posts since 12/31/2005

I just saw the pictures again. Either it's not a zither banjo (because of only 4 strings) or was perhaps a zither that was converted to a four string. That would be an interesting thing to know, and I bet someone on here knows.

Four string banjos are typically called "tenor" or "plectrum" largely dependent on scale length and tuning. So you may want to research using those terms.

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:05:47 AM

mbanza

USA

2135 posts since 9/16/2007

Actually, it is a five string zither banjo: Fifth string nut and tunnel entrance clearly visible in second picture.

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:08:22 AM

csacwp

USA

2259 posts since 1/15/2014

Zither banjos are 5-strings... The 6th tuner is just there for aesthetic and cost reasons. The nut has been replaced to convert it to a 4-string.

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:41:17 AM

1184 posts since 4/25/2007

The nut is the original.

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:40 AM

kotzejh

South Africa

2 posts since 7/16/2019

Thank you for the info.

Sorry, I forgot to mention that it is a 5 string.

Not looking to sell, just wanted a bit more info on it, and the 6th tuning peg baffled me.

Jul 16, 2019 - 6:28:41 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

10720 posts since 6/29/2003

I have seen a lot of these over the decades, Your one looks very clean and tidy. They make nice little players. Also good for children to learn on.

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:35:45 AM

Emiel

Austria

9160 posts since 1/22/2003

quote:
Originally posted by csacwp

Zither banjos are 5-strings... The 6th tuner is just there for aesthetic and cost reasons. The nut has been replaced to convert it to a 4-string.


The nut could be original and probably is. It has four slots for four strings. The 5th string goes through the tunnel.  A five-string banjo. But John knows all that…

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:00:33 AM
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csacwp

USA

2259 posts since 1/15/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Emiel
quote:
Originally posted by csacwp

Zither banjos are 5-strings... The 6th tuner is just there for aesthetic and cost reasons. The nut has been replaced to convert it to a 4-string.


The nut could be original and probably is. It has four slots for four strings. The 5th string goes through the tunnel.  A five-string banjo. But John knows all that…


Of course... The was quite a mental gaffe I had! Yes, the nut would only have four slots.

Edited by - csacwp on 07/17/2019 05:01:00

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