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Dec 9, 2019 - 8:59:11 AM
1 posts since 12/9/2019

My son picked up a banjo a couple years back and never really took to it. He now wants to sell it but I do not know what I have. I have researched some but cannot find much information on it.

It is a Cortley 5 string Banjo with an Eagle stamped on the back. Does any one have any information or anything I can go on?


Dec 9, 2019 - 9:10:03 AM
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286 posts since 5/29/2015

This is a banjo good for beginners. Depending on when they were made, they were constructed in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong,Taiwan or China. The chipboard soft case suggests it may have been made in the 1970-1990. Made by a few companies, they were sold under many names by music stores, mail order houses, and even some department stores. Because they were inexpensive banjos, after many years they may need some adjustment.

Dec 9, 2019 - 9:12:55 AM
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312 posts since 9/12/2006

Commonly known as an asian "bottle cap" banjo, these are only suitable for beginners, and only then if properly set up and adjusted. worth approx 75 to 100 bucks. Made by the millions... from the 70's on up to the present.

Dec 9, 2019 - 9:57:52 AM
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6560 posts since 8/28/2013


Unfortunately for sale purposes, I have to agree with the first two reoplies. You can't get much for one of these because so many were made under so many unknown brand names, and they weren't anything special in the first place. They are beginner level banjos, and most every one I've encountered needed extensive set-up work.

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