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Vintage 1880's (?) fretless banjo ID

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May 23, 2020 - 10:58:22 AM
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Danny C


6 posts since 1/18/2006

Hi All,

I've recently bought my first fretless banjo which I'm hoping to do up (as necessary), but I wondered if anyone had any knowledge on it? I bought it here in Ireland, and the collector said it was likely from either America or England. Its 5 string, but theres a drilled in 6th string in the head (but no corresponding groove).   I wondered if any of you had any idea about where or when it was made, and really anything at all about it.  Why the 6th string in the head but a short 5th string? Etc.  Also any advice for setting it up as its my first :) Thanks all!

Photos of the banjo can be found here:


Edited by - Danny C on 05/23/2020 11:27:19

May 23, 2020 - 11:14:59 AM

2142 posts since 4/7/2010

Post the photos directly to this forum. A lot easier to view and you will get more comments.

May 23, 2020 - 11:18:48 AM
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1333 posts since 4/25/2007

I would think it's 1890's English. Originally a 6 string but maybe at some point the nut has been replaced to make it a 5 string ! Looks like someone may have raided the old button tin for inlay practice.

May 23, 2020 - 11:29:06 AM

Danny C


6 posts since 1/18/2006

Few more photos

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