I found this in a guitar shop for $450.00. The tag said it was a 1930's Bacon and Day Special. I'm not sure what model number it is (No. 1, No. 2, etc.). It had a torn head so that will have to be replaced, and I'm thinking of putting a 5 string conversion neck on it. Should I forget about it, make an offer, or just buy it.
Bill Rogers (Moderator)
IMO, not worth it for conversion. You can find something better ready to go for what it would cost you.
offer $200 and go from there. I think it would make a fun conversion if you do it yourself.
If you want a tenor banjo, offer perhaps $200, other wise walk away.
I own 2 of these and $450 is about what they are going for. I'm pretty sure the dowel says if it's a number 1 or 2 but you can also tell by the fingerboard inlay. One of mine has a 5 string neck conversion that was done in the 1970's and I've owned it shortly after. I don't know why all the negative comments above. I love the banjo. It's loud with the resonator on but I play open back. The flange is connected to the resonator so it can be played openback very easily. I guess the issue is how much would you be willing to pay for the conversion ?
@gbisigani I was thinking about doing the conversion myself. My grandpa is an excellent woodworker has a wood shop in his garrage
hope you make out well.....if you decide to do it make sure you post pics when done. It's hard to tell but I'm playing mine in the picture I use for my account (avatar ?)