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Jan 25, 2020 - 1:26:01 PM
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I've been wanting to learn the banjo for years now and finally received one for Christmas from my daughter. It was one my father in law bought his dad forty years or so ago. It's in great shape and sounds wonderful. I wanted to check and get some history on but can't seem to find any information on the model. Only markings I can find is Honer and then on the back the following number HB118-91410. Thanks for the help.




 

Jan 25, 2020 - 1:32:57 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

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Go here: banjohangout.org/reviews/searc...edir=true for information about the Hohner banjo. It's a Banjohangout review of them.

Jan 25, 2020 - 4:06:02 PM
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Asian-built, most likely Japanese, "Masterclone" banjo, though not really Mastertone-style, due to the shoe bracket / construction.  It does appear to have a flathead tone ring, which is a good thing.

With a little bit of tweaking, a new set of strings, and a good set-up, this will be a fine banjo to learn on.

Congrats.....oh, and welcome to the BanjoHangout !

Jan 26, 2020 - 12:47:20 PM

2 posts since 1/25/2020

It does have the flathead toning ring. Thank you so much for the information.

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:07:36 PM

2 posts since 1/26/2020

quote:Originally posted by pmannfuryI've been wanting to learn the banjo for years now and finally received one for Christmas from my daughter. It was one my father in law bought his dad forty years or so ago. It's in great shape and sounds wonderful. I wanted to check and get some history on but can't seem to find any information on the model. Only markings I can find is Honer and then on the back the following number HB118-91410. Thanks for the help.

Jan 26, 2020 - 7:42 PM

2 posts since 1/26/2020

That will be an iida banjo it will have a fabulous tone ring and those 70s period banjos made Gibson very jealous.

A smooth white mylar head will sound best with a .050 gram weight bridge (most of these iidas came w thinner bridges) and type of tailpiece really wont matter because the tone ring is a beast.

It has great crispness and good low tones and very loud. My 235 is a beast set up correctly. The cheaper models usually had the block style inlay but still had great tone. iida made the GTRs and a few lines of others with Hohner names and Epiphone.

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