I have this small Banjo and i believe it is a Banjolin or Banjo Mandolin or some variant of that.
It is old and pretty well made but has no identifying marks. It appears to be inlaid pearl on the head. At one point it appears someone used it a lot.
Any help identifying it's age, maker, value and any other information would be greatly appreciated.
I have closeup pictures but it says you can only post 3 on the forum.
Thanks in advance,
In the first photo, it appears that the neck of this banjo mandolin is seriously twisted, which makes it doubtful as a restoration project. It could be re-necked with a 5 string neck, as most people don't like these banjo mandolins, anyway.
I don't know the maker, but it was probably an inexpensive instrument made sometime in the first quarter of the 20th century, probably in the teens.
As soon as someone notices that can of butane fuel in the background, there will be a recommendation to use that on it.
I agree that neck looks pretty twisted.
I had one of those and I filled some tuner holes and made a decent banjo uke out of it.
Unfortunately, nothing will save him. But you can hang it on the wall as a decoration :)
Thanks for the information.
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