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Aug 18, 2019 - 10:39:25 PM
3 posts since 8/16/2019

I bought this banjo for $30 it has everything except the bridge, head, and the strings. I currently have it stripped waiting for parts in the mail. They had it marked as a project banjo, but from my knowledge with instruments I knew that it wasn’t missimg anything really and that $30 was heck of a deal. It’s got no crack and nothing is rusted shut, but I’m just not sure what I have. I know it’s gonna be one I play with and have fun with, but I’m not sure what the brand is, when it’s from, or anything about it. I’ve searcher for it everywhere and I can’t find anything about it, so if anyone could help I’d appreciate! Pics are in my profile!!!

Aug 19, 2019 - 3:38:33 AM

4510 posts since 3/22/2008

Your banjo was made by Kay. It has a Kay peghead shape and the Kay neck adjuster.
I've seen your Kay peghead shape used at differing times over the years and the neck adjuster was available in the early 1930's and forward so am unable to put a date on your banjo.
Hopefully more knowledgeable people will chime in on your thread.

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:55:45 AM

874 posts since 12/8/2006

Do a search for Kay Kraft banjos. You will see yours.

Aug 19, 2019 - 12:00:32 PM
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Lew H


2289 posts since 3/10/2008

I have a Kay banjo that has the same structure--even the same gray friction pegs. The rim has a mahogany veneer overlaying (I've heard) some sort of chipboard stuff. So folks are right in saying it is a Kay or Kaykraft product. It likely won't be worth more than what you are investing in it for parts.

Aug 19, 2019 - 1:52:17 PM

227 posts since 1/30/2019

There's one very like it on UK eBay now.

No name but same peg head and composite looking pot.
The fret board extending over the head is different.....

Edited by - Andyrhydycreuau on 08/19/2019 13:55:01

Aug 19, 2019 - 5:10:03 PM

4510 posts since 3/22/2008

The UK banjo appears to have a zero fret and, if so, it is European.
Somebody here will recognize it.

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