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Jul 7, 2020 - 1:34:40 PM
2 posts since 7/5/2020

Can anyone identify this banjo?
I picked it up at a local auction for $35. but it did need some repair work. The only marks on it is the badge "Minstrel" on the head stock and some faint markings that I make out to be 26-2 and FB 40. (or EB 40)
Just cannot find any information about this online. It sounds and looks great so it's a keeper. Here's a few photos so if anyone recognizes or has seen one of these before and can send me any information about the manufacture or age, will be greatly appreciated.


 

Edited by - jasulzer on 07/08/2020 08:41:32

Jul 7, 2020 - 1:46:51 PM
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13122 posts since 10/30/2008

Wow, a "Pete Seeger" neck length, with a resonator! Clearer close ups of the pot back sides and front would be helpful to zero in on whether this is Asian made or US made.

Jul 7, 2020 - 4:40:30 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23805 posts since 6/25/2005

It is, of course, an inexpensive, mass-produced Asian-made banjo, likely Koirean. Any music house could order these with whatever name it wanted. You paid a reasonable price for it.

Jul 8, 2020 - 6:04:13 AM
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7414 posts since 8/28/2013

One of these days, I'm going to start a company called "House Brand," and sue everybody who uses that term for generic products.

Jul 8, 2020 - 6:26:05 AM

961 posts since 12/8/2006

I wonder if it is one of those nifty Asian truss rod covers with no truss rod adjustment underneath.

Jul 8, 2020 - 7:25:59 AM

7414 posts since 8/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Shop the Folk

I wonder if it is one of those nifty Asian truss rod covers with no truss rod adjustment underneath.


For what it's worth (probably not much) the last banjo I worked on that had that exact same cover, there was, in fact, a truss rod and it worked quite well; one of the smoothest I've ever adjusted.

Jul 8, 2020 - 10:06:34 AM

961 posts since 12/8/2006

Have you seen some of the 'fake' ones?

Jul 8, 2020 - 11:22:13 AM

7414 posts since 8/28/2013

Actually, I haven't seen the fakes, but I believe they are out there. Maybe I've been lucky. I'd hate to do all the hard work involved with removing three little screws only to find wood.

Jul 8, 2020 - 12:34:03 PM

2 posts since 7/5/2020

quote:
Originally posted by jasulzer

Can anyone identify this banjo?
I picked it up at a local auction for $35. but it did need some repair work. The only marks on it is the badge "Minstrel" on the head stock and some faint markings that I make out to be 26-2 and FB 40. (or EB 40)
Just cannot find any information about this online. It sounds and looks great so it's a keeper. Here's a few photos so if anyone recognizes or has seen one of these before and can send me any information about the manufacture or age, will be greatly appreciated.


    Thanks for all the info guys. 

This thing may not sound as great as the more expensive brands however, it's good enough for my picking.  Besides, the extra long neck gives me a place to hang my hat!

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