Bill Rogers (Moderator)
Based on the peghead shape, it’s likely Slingerland or Lyon & Healy made.
Based on the peghead shape and the placement of the inlays I am inclined to say Slingerland. 22 brackets is a bit unusual for them, most of their banjos had 20. Measure the diameter of the rim. If it is 10 3/4" then Slingerland is your best bet. The G crests were likely added by a former owner.
Edited by - Culloden on 04/09/2020 06:08:11
I do believe the "Gs: were an addition made by a former owner, as was the 5th string pip (this was not a 5 string banjo when it was made).
I am rather doubtful it's a Slingerland, though. The pot looks too big, there are more hooks than usual, and the peghead looks unusually rough for Slingerland, although that, too, could have been mosdified(perhaps a factory decal was crudely sanded off).
I'd like to see the back of the pot, and the side showing the hardware. While the head size is often a good indicator that this may be a Slingerland product, there were other banjos with that 10 3/4 inch size. Hardware can give more clues.
Can you post a picture of the rim from the side? One feature that was common on Slingerland banjos was birdseye maple veneer. Also the bracket shoes and hooks.
Although the hooks and nuts are not what I've usually seen on Slingerland banjos, the rest does appear to be a Slingerland product.
Nobody's mentioned it yet, but it's a 17-fret tenor banjo.
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