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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
Peter

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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beegee

USA

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

quote:
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

banjonz

New Zealand

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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