Hi! Sometime ago I purchased this banjo from a music store going out of business. My daughter took lessons but married and has no desire for it. Can anyone help tell me what I have and it’s value? I may decide to learn to play after I complete my degree and have time after work. It’s beautiful, heavy and resonates loud. It has a Remo Weatherhead. I love it, and I’m curious as to what I have. Thank you so much!
Edited by - Mattiesmom3 on 10/20/2019 11:48:38
I traded for a new one in the early 70's and played it for a few years. It was my first "Gibson looking" banjo and served its' purpose as I was learning. My recollection is that it was decent to learn on, but it was much closer in looks to Gibson than quality of parts or sound. I would guess value between 300 and 500, but gladly defer to anyone more knowledgeable.
Emperador was a label of Cort, a Korean line imported by Westheimer Music. This may have been made in the same factory as some of the Ibanez banjos of the 70's(possibly licensed in Japan). Your banjo is probably in the $500-600 value range. There were some Emperadors made by Kasuga, which bear the distinguishing Kasuga headstock shape and flange-hole shapes. This is not one of those.
Edited by - beegee on 10/20/2019 14:41:48
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