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Apr 8, 2020 - 11:59:25 AM
2 posts since 4/8/2020

Hey everyone,

I just recently bought an antique banjo and need help identifying it, there's not a whole lot to go off of in terms of appearance. The only thing that it has is two "G" crests pictured below. Thanks for the help!


Apr 8, 2020 - 2:16:32 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


23446 posts since 6/25/2005

Based on the peghead shape, it’s likely Slingerland or Lyon & Healy made.

Apr 9, 2020 - 6:07:12 AM

3029 posts since 5/29/2011

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

Apr 9, 2020 - 7:10:37 AM

7072 posts since 8/28/2013
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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.

Apr 9, 2020 - 9:23:45 AM

3029 posts since 5/29/2011

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.

Apr 12, 2020 - 9:50:57 AM



2 posts since 4/8/2020

Hey y'all, sorry for not responding sooner, was without power for a few days! Here's some additional pictures as requested, its definitely been modified to be a five string judging by the shoddy drill job that appears to have shifted part of the fret board a bit. Let me know what you guys think!


Apr 12, 2020 - 10:57:32 AM

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Although the hooks and nuts are not what I've usually seen on Slingerland banjos, the rest does appear to be a Slingerland product.

Apr 12, 2020 - 1:07:24 PM
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12 posts since 1/30/2020

Nobody's mentioned it yet, but it's a 17-fret tenor banjo.

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