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Aug 21, 2019 - 7:35:01 PM
119 posts since 11/21/2015

Hi all, I have a chance to pick up a bacon belmont open back, I know nothing about bacon... is this the same as bacon and day? Sorry I do not have a pic... it is a 5 string and I want to use it for claw hammer... I see prices on eBay from 300 to 1200.00... I currently own 2 gibsons, a derring and my osborne chief. Is there a better banjo for clawhammer.... 900 to 1200.00 is my budget...


Aug 22, 2019 - 4:09:37 AM

1853 posts since 4/7/2010

Bacon Belmont banjos were made by Gretsch. They are OK banjos, but not worth a lot. definitely in the $300 to $500 range, unless there have been serious upgrades like good tuners, new frets, neck reset (if necessary), and a decent case.

I have a used fretted Enoch Tradesman for sale at $1,000. Might be the banjo you need. More details and a link to photos on the banjo page of my website. It's listed in the Just In section

Bob Smakula

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 08/22/2019 04:13:58

Aug 22, 2019 - 5:18:17 AM

559 posts since 2/19/2012

+1 on the Tradesman. I love mine. Great neck, great workmanship, easy to pack along to banjo camp or jams. The "right" sound that's easily tailored with head and bridge choices.

Aug 22, 2019 - 1:29:59 PM

163 posts since 7/2/2012

I just bought a Bacon Belmont long neck. In addition to being a banjo guy, I have a few old Gretsch guitars from the Brooklyn days. I was pleasantly surprised by the build quality.

I repaired mine, set it up, and it’s a nice player. Neck a little thick. I did have to use a little offset bracket to get the neck angle that I wanted. Neck straight, but dowel stick curved.

Edited by - Shmockiebaby on 08/22/2019 13:30:22

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