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ID Eddie Adcock's early banjo

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Dec 2, 2019 - 6:58:55 PM
37 posts since 11/4/2019

Always thought it had different sound and wouldn't have been a Gibson, although it sounded like a ball-bearing, whatever brand it was. Ran across these old photos and I'm thinking a Vega of some sort? I think someone will be able to ID it through prior knowledge, or by looking at the unique Flange.

Dec 2, 2019 - 7:17:33 PM

598 posts since 5/19/2018

From the flange, it looks like a ‘30’s Epiphone Recording banjo.

Dec 2, 2019 - 7:23:38 PM

1958 posts since 12/31/2005

Alvin is likely correct.  Link to prior thread that links to another prior thread: LINK

Edited by - Brian Murphy on 12/02/2019 19:24:56

Dec 2, 2019 - 8:46:28 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


22565 posts since 6/25/2005

It’s an Epiphone; I think with a conversion 5-string neck, but it may be an original 5. He played it for years.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 12/02/2019 20:47:06

Dec 2, 2019 - 9:20:24 PM
like this

12355 posts since 10/30/2008

Martha recently discussed this banjo somewhere. I think Tom Morgan and Eddie made the 5 string neck. I also think Eddie changed the resonator on it too.

Dec 3, 2019 - 11:55:39 AM

1786 posts since 1/4/2009

it looks like he may have a gibson resonator on it, zoom in on this picture and theres a thumb screw holding the resonator on where it would be on a gibson resonator.

these epiphones had 2 thumb screws directly across from each other in the middle.

Dec 3, 2019 - 11:56:19 AM

1786 posts since 1/4/2009

epiphone with similar flange design

Dec 3, 2019 - 6:13:22 PM

37 posts since 11/4/2019

Thanks, Brian. Followed the links and eventually read the story as reported by Marthy and as dictated by Eddie, of the "drop-kicked banjo." Couldn't stop laughing.  While I was reading, all I kept thinking, was dear Lord, had we had cell phones in those days, what a video that would have been!

Edited by - Enot Retsam on 12/03/2019 18:15:01

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