Does the style of this banjo ring any bells for anyone? I’m trying to identify its maker or any other information I can find. It has no maker mark. No wood post; it has a threaded rod.
The neck is straight highly figured maple. Fingerboard is fretless. 5th string peg is friction like the other four.
Edited by - AlpacaLips on 09/21/2019 21:18:33
Sure is pretty.
That neck looks like taffy. The curly is for strength, the quilting is her stretch marks from the wind. Look how straight a simple construct like this is.
That's a 3-tier "brick" rim , looks like 6 or 8 pcs. per tier. then the tiers are offset. I've heard rumor of Columbia and SS Stewart brick or block rims that are still round.
Edited by - Helix1 on 09/22/2019 00:33:50
AlpacaLips Please post pictures of the inside of the rim and other photos with more detail like the back length of the neck, that baby is special.
Style bells - Cues taken from Farris' Banjay; one of S. S. Stewart's "melody" banjos; Stathopoulo and McGinnis & Shaw Bandolins (violin style peg box).
The banjo isn’t currently in my possession, so my pictures are limited quality and quantity. Here are the remaining ones I can offer if they're any help. The antler heel seems somewhat distinctive to me. It doesn’t look quite like it belongs, and I don’t think I’ve seen that before. Maybe this is evidence of a one-off banjo, or possibly a DIY repair or embellishment.
Thanks for replies so far.
Edited by - AlpacaLips on 09/22/2019 08:13:36
I’ll also add a completely unreasonable request: assuming that this thing sounds appropriately slidy and plunky and has decent action (I haven’t played it yet), I’d be curious to hear any speculations as to value.
With no name/model by which prospective buyers can make comparisons, there are really only four factors to assigning a value:
—as an art piece
And that means it’s 100% subjective.
I'm pretty sure I've seen this banjo posted here in the past by whoever made it. If I'm correct it was made within the last 10 years, so would be considered a modern small shop maker instrument.
If I didn't see it here then I've seen it on someone's personal website.
Value? Perhaps $500 or in that general range.
Edited by - rudy on 09/22/2019 15:06:45
Interesting... I’ve gone through many many google images but haven’t been able to find it yet.
Its nice looking, that billet chunk of highly figured maple for the neck would be fairly expensive I'd guess (i.e. not a inexpensive banjo when it was made). I wish you luck in finding its source.
Sure looks like a modern banjo. The co-rod is a dead giveaway.
The pegs appear to standard 2° taper fiddle pegs you can get anywhere.
Looks like Dan Knowles work
Luke Mercier did some fiddle headed banjos
'Setups' 3 hrs
'St. Anne’s Reel (TOTW)' 5 hrs
'Archtop Banjo on BHO' 8 hrs