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Dec 13, 2019 - 3:38:24 PM
3313 posts since 3/28/2008

Does anyone recognize the headstock on the left here? It reminds me of an electric guitar I've seen, but I can't remember the brand--and in any case, the guitar would be well over a century more recent!

Edited by - Ira Gitlin on 12/13/2019 15:38:44

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:54:36 PM

566 posts since 5/31/2004

A lot of electric guitar designs use that six-on-a-side tuner configuration. You might be thinking of a Fender Stratocaster. That banjo peghead sure does resemble that!

Dec 13, 2019 - 4:08:19 PM

4920 posts since 9/21/2007

If you could see the rest of it it would likely be a zither banjo.

Not that unusual to find that arrangement on a zither banjo.

Dec 13, 2019 - 4:13:09 PM
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It's a Riley Baker patent zither banjo.

Edited by - csacwp on 12/13/2019 16:13:21

Dec 14, 2019 - 2:22:52 AM
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385 posts since 1/30/2019

Yes, Riley Baker. See here
These are sometimes described as being made of pewter, but I find that hard to believe as it would surely be too soft and heavy. And would have terrible tone. I'm no metallurgist though and there might be different ratios for alloys like this. But I guess as an idea it hasn't really taken off either, so it may have just been a terrible experiment.
Interesting to see in a contemporary photo though.

Dec 14, 2019 - 7:24:41 AM

10757 posts since 4/23/2004

The Riley Baker all metal banjos are aluminum. This is very early aluminum, before any of the aerospace alloys were developed. Produced only about 10 yrs after the aluminum extracton process had become cheap enough to make it a viable material for such things as banjos...

Dec 14, 2019 - 7:38:49 AM

53239 posts since 12/14/2005

I know who would really enjoy having an all-aluminum banjo!

The aluminum lady from the movie.
(I think her son was in Star Wars.)

Dec 14, 2019 - 7:43:23 AM

566 posts since 5/31/2004

I think that's Maria from the movie Metropolis. I never thought she was attractive.

Dec 14, 2019 - 7:56:08 AM

3313 posts since 3/28/2008

Originally posted by csacwp

It's a Riley Baker patent zither banjo.

Thanks, John. I figured one of you classic banjo types would know.

I was definitely NOT thinking of a Stratocaster, vintagetenor. I'm very familiar with those. I was thinking of something from the '90s or early '00s that had the pegs along a curve, like what we see on that banjo.

Dec 14, 2019 - 9:35:44 AM

566 posts since 5/31/2004

Maybe that guitar headstock is from a Norea Gray Shark.


Dec 14, 2019 - 12:17:07 PM

3313 posts since 3/28/2008

That's not it, but similar.

Dec 14, 2019 - 1:12:51 PM
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4920 posts since 9/21/2007

That five on a side was not exclusive to Baker aluminum zither banjos.  I have even seen regular banjos with them.

Here is an example of another build that I found with no effort on an image search.

Dec 15, 2019 - 12:00:44 PM

1417 posts since 2/12/2009

just like Hobgoblin, they didn't even have a decent banjo for her to try !

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