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Aug 14, 2019 - 10:19:45 AM
3 posts since 7/1/2019

I got this banjo at a auction. I am new to playing, I also am enjoying working and learning about them.
It does not have a name that I can find other then the head "Jos B Rodgers" the rim Is 10.25" and the fretboard 19".
Any help would be greatly appreciated.




 

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:22:22 AM

12016 posts since 10/30/2008

Hmm, I've never seen anything like that carved "point" in the face of the peghead before.  And, it also appears to be a "bottom tension" with screws vertically through the rim!

Edited by - The Old Timer on 08/14/2019 10:23:36

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:04:13 AM

400 posts since 5/19/2018

I too have never seen anything like that.

Very interesting peghead and pot.

Could you perhaps posts pictures of the neck heel and detailed pictures of inside pot. Specifically any pics of the tone ring if possible or any serial numbers.

No idea at all who the builder is. I would say the instrument dates from 1890 to 1910 or so.

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:06:50 PM

3 posts since 7/1/2019

I do not see any model numbers at all, the inlays appear to be ivory as well as the slot scew.






 

Aug 14, 2019 - 6:13:29 PM

3 posts since 7/1/2019

quote:
Originally posted by KC59

I got this banjo at a auction. I am new to playing, I also am enjoying working and learning about them.
It does not have a name that I can find other then the head "Jos B Rodgers" the rim Is 10.25" and the fretboard 19".
Any help would be greatly appreciated.





 

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:24:54 PM

51952 posts since 12/14/2005

Never saw one like it.

But, in the words of an old hillbilly philosopher by the name of John:

Aug 17, 2019 - 3:39:02 PM

793 posts since 3/1/2012

That is a great find you have! I’ve always wondered why bottom tension banjos didn’t become more popular.

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