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Mar 26, 2020 - 4:13:56 PM
4 posts since 3/26/2020

Can anyone help identifying my banjo/mandolin not sure
Gift from my grandfather who passed away and would be interested to know what it is and the history of it 

Pictures x 3 attached now lol
Many thanks

Edited by - SiDbOy571 on 03/26/2020 16:25:16

Mar 26, 2020 - 4:36:44 PM
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2332 posts since 3/30/2008

The "zero" fret, could possibly reflect a W German, or E German maker.

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:04:59 PM

4 posts since 3/26/2020

I know nothing about banjos lol
Can you shed any more info on it
Any help /info would great

Mar 26, 2020 - 6:05:04 PM
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21530 posts since 7/6/2005

I think it is more likely to be Italian-made. Check out Catania Carmelo.

Edited by - beegee on 03/26/2020 18:09:21

Mar 27, 2020 - 8:42:19 PM

4 posts since 3/26/2020

Appreciate help guys, still cant find anything that is helpful, so frustrating

Mar 28, 2020 - 1:57:21 AM

464 posts since 1/30/2019

Originally posted by SiDbOy571

Appreciate help guys, still cant find anything that is helpful, so frustrating

British guitar maker Abbott had zero frets on his guitars. My money is on a British maker with that zither banjo construction. 

It may be worth delving further if you are happy dismantling things a bit. Take the strings off, take the tailpiece off and then the head (the drum skin.....) There could be more clues inside.

But British I think.

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:54:36 AM

2459 posts since 4/29/2012

Most of these are English. But this one looks continental. That wide pierced flange is typical. Catania would be my guess as well

Mar 28, 2020 - 1:56:52 PM


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10879 posts since 6/29/2003

I was thinking French perhaps?

Mar 28, 2020 - 5:07:45 PM

4 posts since 3/26/2020

Thanks so much for your help, il ave another search, what sort of thing should I search for as I dont have any idear about them.

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:11:09 AM

2459 posts since 4/29/2012

What more do you think we can tell you ? Without a label or other makers mark then "Mandolin banjo. Certainly Continental. Probably Italian. Possibly by Carmelo of Catania. 2nd quarter of 20th C and probably later rather than earlier in that date range. Worth £100 more or less if in good condition" is about as much as you are going to get. Do a Google on "mandolin banjo italian" to see lots of them and to see that yours looks like the Italian ones. There are even some links to BanjoHangout postings. So a search here may confirm this.

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