Hi Clifton, thanks for the reply. The Fairbanks Curtis neck joint has the rectangle recess, cut into the dowel, to drop the shoe + screw in. This one has NO recess... that is why it is baffling to me. I haven't come across the joint yet... Maybe it is just a screw..? or some missing bracket..?
Edited by - staceyz on 11/14/2019 17:24:07
There was an early variant of Fairbanks neck clamp that just had a small pin that fit into a hole in the dowel (no screw). The few I've had to mess with did not work very well, and I'm assuming that's why they switched to the more-commonly-seen style that fits into a small mortise in the face of the dowel. It looks like your banjo may have had one of those.
I have a Fairbanks-made Stetson banjo that has the horseshoe neck clamp that sits on top of the dowel stick and is held in place with a screw. I've seen several other contract banjos that have this. You can see it on my home page: https://www.banjohangout.org/myhangout/photos.asp?id=3743&albumid=10215
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