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Aug 10, 2020 - 4:46:53 PM
2 posts since 5/31/2020

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.


Aug 10, 2020 - 5:18:39 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23896 posts since 6/25/2005

IMO, not worth it for conversion. You can find something better ready to go for what it would cost you.

Aug 10, 2020 - 8:24:30 PM
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beegee

USA

21837 posts since 7/6/2005

offer $200 and go from there. I think it would make a fun conversion if you do it yourself.

Aug 10, 2020 - 8:28:25 PM

4548 posts since 6/3/2011

If you want a tenor banjo, offer perhaps $200, other wise walk away.

Aug 11, 2020 - 5:37:20 AM

382 posts since 7/28/2016

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 ?

Aug 11, 2020 - 6:56:21 AM

2 posts since 5/31/2020

@gbisigani I was thinking about doing the conversion myself. My grandpa is an excellent woodworker has a wood shop in his garrage

Aug 11, 2020 - 7:05:38 AM

382 posts since 7/28/2016

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 ?)

Aug 11, 2020 - 9:44:46 AM

3276 posts since 5/29/2011

I recently posted about the banjo I made with a Bacon resonator and flange. If you do decide to buy maybe these pictures will give you some ideas.








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