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Oct 17, 2019 - 8:50:13 AM
2 posts since 10/15/2019

Could I please have help identifying this old bird? Thanks!


Edited by - wazkow on 10/17/2019 08:51:08

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:28:35 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


22432 posts since 6/25/2005

Round up the usual suspects. Buckbee...Rettberg and Lange...Oscar Schmidt...

It’s run-of-the-mill.

Oct 17, 2019 - 3:51:29 PM

6247 posts since 8/28/2013

I'd guess Rettberg and Lange.

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:10:08 AM

17 posts since 9/23/2018

I paid $38 (+ shipping) via ebay for one identical to yours, 38 lugs, 2 stars and 2 elongated diamonds and dot inlays on the headstock/neck. It took some work to get it to fit together right and it's still a little skewed but it sounds extra sweet, especially higher notes up the neck. It was somewhat rough and in pieces when I got it but was worth the effort and a fun project. I put on friction tuners from an old Vega and utilize a small wood screw for a 5th string nut. Funky at best, but I love the tone and play it every day. Sure looks like an old Supertone to me and made by ??

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:28:57 AM

1915 posts since 4/7/2010

Better pictures including details will help narrow down the manufacturer. A shot of the heel profile including the hardware on the rim tells me a lot. Different manufacturers used proprietary neck attachment brackets on the dowelstick. And with this one looking like a Supertone, look for the ghost of a paper label about 1" by 4" on the inside of the rim. The general opinion is Supertone banjos were manufactured by Rettberg & Lange

Bob Smakula

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:09:15 AM

2 posts since 10/15/2019

Thank you all very much. That helps a lot. I will effort to get it in playing condition for my own enjoyment.

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:08:29 PM

116 posts since 11/20/2017

Without better pictures difficult to say, but three questions. What is the width of the head, was it bought in the U.S. and how is the tailpiece anchored, it looks very similar to an early U.K. Temlett model.

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