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Feb 11, 2020 - 6:26:20 PM
53 posts since 10/25/2007

Here's a banjo that I bought in 2016 from Doug Hutchens. I think he bought it from ebay in 2012. It's an original 5-string Eddie Peabody Model that I'm hoping somebody knows something about. We think it came from Pittsburgh. It didn't come with the original resonator, but Doug found a Vega resonator to go on it. The original would have been deeper I believe. Anybody remember seeing this played in the Pittsburgh area? Remember who owned it?  Whoever owned it sure played it a lot!








Edited by - JNHOLTBANJO on 02/11/2020 18:31:18

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:44:11 PM

1183 posts since 2/9/2007

Two of those extra holes in the headstock make perfect sense (for Scruggs D-tuners).
What was that third one there for?

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:25:22 PM

53 posts since 10/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Dan Gellert

Two of those extra holes in the headstock make perfect sense (for Scruggs D-tuners).
What was that third one there for?


I have wondered the same thing...

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:45:22 AM

1987 posts since 1/16/2010

Well I can’t tell you anything about this banjos history, but I sure find it interesting. Interesting because although Eddie played some very exquisite Vegas, he sure didn’t play fingerstyle on a 5 string...to my knowledge anyways. Funny that Vega would put his name on a 5 string banjo, I guess as a marketing ploy before the Scruggs model came about? Curious how this banjo sounds without a tone ring? Still a cool banjo...thanks for sharing.

Feb 13, 2020 - 5:53:09 AM

53 posts since 10/25/2007

Not sure about a marketing ploy.?Gibson made tenor Earl Scruggs Models, but not very many from my understanding. Here's a clip of me attempting Fireball Mail:https://youtu.be/VsnwU7GYRaA quote:
Originally posted by Texican65

Well I can’t tell you anything about this banjos history, but I sure find it interesting. Interesting because although Eddie played some very exquisite Vegas, he sure didn’t play fingerstyle on a 5 string...to my knowledge anyways. Funny that Vega would put his name on a 5 string banjo, I guess as a marketing ploy before the Scruggs model came about? Curious how this banjo sounds without a tone ring? Still a cool banjo...thanks for sharing.


Edited by - JNHOLTBANJO on 02/13/2020 05:55:45

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:57:34 AM

Jbo1

USA

886 posts since 5/19/2007

For no tone ring the banjo sounds really good. You do as well. If the third hole had been centered I would have guessed as a way to hang it on a wall (why anyone would do that I don't know, but have seen it done that way) but it is in an odd place.

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:22:04 PM

1987 posts since 1/16/2010

Ya...I can't explain it...I (think) this Peabody model may have been available before the Scruggs-Vega endorsement banjos of the early 60's, hence why Eddie's name was on it...he was a banjo super-star who played Vegas, so why not try to spurn some interest in the publics eye by selling a Peabody banjo. Doug Hutchens would definitely be the guy to check that statement with though...he was around and playing those banjos back then...he's the expert.

Sure does sound good though partner! I'm very surprised at how good it sounds, especially with that VERY thin 5 ply rim and no tone ring. My Scruggs Vega has a 7 ply rim and the standard tubaphone, and the Osborne models had an 11 ply rim with a whyte layde ring....I wasn't aware that there was a 5 ply rim...so that is neat.

I wonder if that 3rd oddball hole was an earlier attempt at a string bending peg or lever...like Smitty Irvin had? Check out the video of him on Youtube playing "Til the end of the world rolls round".

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