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I have no clue the brand of this banjo

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Sep 16, 2020 - 3:03 PM
4 posts since 9/16/2020

My husband's uncle had sent his his late father's 5-String banjo. I feel it was dated before or around 1980, but not entirely sure. Can anyone help?

Sep 16, 2020 - 3:10:18 PM
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11081 posts since 6/2/2008

With pictures, we can.

Sep 16, 2020 - 3:11:06 PM
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1256 posts since 2/9/2007

We'll need pictures of the banjo...

and this question would probably be better posted in the "collectors' corner"

Sep 16, 2020 - 3:16:18 PM
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11081 posts since 6/2/2008

Pictures are in her profile.

Ashley: The banjo is a 1970s no-name "bottle-cap," so called because the head and metal body look like a big bottle cap.

Most likely made in Japan. I don't recall if anyone was making these in the U.S. back then. That was the time when I started buying and playing banjo.

Non-name peghead:

Basic bottlecap:

Edited by - Old Hickory on 09/16/2020 15:19:49

Sep 16, 2020 - 3:37:46 PM
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55415 posts since 12/14/2005

They were cranked out by the thousand in factries in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, during the "Folk Music Boom.
JC Penny had the labelled "PENNCREST".
The local grocery chain already owned the trademark "CRESTWOOD" for their bakery items, so they told the factory to slip a CRESTWOOD label.

They can be set up to sound decent.
And it's easier than the pros make it look, if you're just trying to have FUN, and not impress the audience.

 

Here's a link to a guy showing how to play it with one finger on the left hand, and a thumb and finer on the right.

https://youtu.be/5Iqbkjx3zk8

 

Sep 16, 2020 - 4:50:54 PM

Agibso3

USA

4 posts since 9/16/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

With pictures, we can.


I'm sorry I'm new to the site and tried to figure out how to post the pictures ??

Sep 16, 2020 - 4:52:07 PM

Agibso3

USA

4 posts since 9/16/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Dan Gellert

We'll need pictures of the banjo...

and this question would probably be better posted in the "collectors' corner"


I appreciate it. Took me a bit to figure out how to upload the photos

Sep 16, 2020 - 4:53:23 PM

Agibso3

USA

4 posts since 9/16/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

Pictures are in her profile.

Ashley: The banjo is a 1970s no-name "bottle-cap," so called because the head and metal body look like a big bottle cap.

Most likely made in Japan. I don't recall if anyone was making these in the U.S. back then. That was the time when I started buying and playing banjo.

Non-name peghead:

Basic bottlecap:


Thank you! We were just wondering since there was no brand. Has some basic ware and tare so wanted to know if we'd be able to afford to fix it haha

Sep 16, 2020 - 6:22:37 PM
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11081 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Agibso3
Thank you! We were just wondering since there was no brand. Has some basic ware and tare so wanted to know if we'd be able to afford to fix it haha

Other than cleaning, polishing, changing strings, replacing bridge, replacing broken or missing parts, and adjusting head, it doesn't pay to put too much money into these.  If you need to replace parts such as tuners or hooks and nuts, the low-cost Chinese made ones you'll find on eBay will suffice. At least I think so. Others may disagree.

Refretting, if needed, would cost more than the instrument is worth. Hope it doesnt come to that.

All that said, these can be very good banjos to learn on. As long as the "action" -- string height -- can be adjusted to a comfortable and playable setting, you're good to go.

Sep 16, 2020 - 7:36:22 PM
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13252 posts since 10/30/2008

Let us know what kind of "fixing" you think it needs and you will get very specific advice.

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