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1890s Fairbank Neck Dowel Hardware question......

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Nov 14, 2019 - 4:23:13 PM



97 posts since 5/30/2010

Hi, I have a H.C. Barnes (made by Fairbanks) 5 string banjo... and I don't know what the dowel to rim hardware would be one this ole gal?

Any ideas..? Thanks in advance, Stacey

See photo below...


Nov 14, 2019 - 5:13:07 PM
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176 posts since 8/11/2007

Fast-forward to 01:40 for an examination of the hardware on this 1890s Fairbanks "Curtis Electric"  


Nov 14, 2019 - 5:23:07 PM



97 posts since 5/30/2010

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

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:43:35 PM



97 posts since 5/30/2010

I just found a posting that you have, or had the same banjo. I now see it just has the shoe that is "screwed" to the dowel stick...

Problem solved.. THx Stacey


Nov 15, 2019 - 10:32:32 AM

1551 posts since 1/13/2012

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.


Nov 15, 2019 - 11:03:02 AM



173 posts since 6/26/2004

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:

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