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Oct 21, 2020 - 5:12:50 PM
6 posts since 12/26/2015

Just bought this old girl for around $120 CAN. No markings or serial number anywhere.
Now, I'm a guitar player in an old-timey local band but I do own a Deering and play clawhammer on my own just cuz its fun, but I ain't too knowledgeable.
Anyone have any ideas? Seems like it has a Stewart/Weymann style headstock, 32 brackets, some nice inlays...but nothing says a brand anywhere!

Thoughts? ??




 

Oct 21, 2020 - 5:56:11 PM
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1647 posts since 1/13/2012

Looks like a Buckbee with a bunch of added inlays.

Oct 21, 2020 - 7:30:46 PM

6 posts since 12/26/2015

Thanks Andy! What makes you say Buckbee? I'm not questioning you answer, just looking to learn more :)

Oct 22, 2020 - 6:50:37 AM

7858 posts since 8/28/2013

Due to modifications (extra inlays, tailpiece) to this banjo that in my opinion identifying it as any particular make is mostly speculation.

Oct 22, 2020 - 7:54:27 AM
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5710 posts since 9/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by DaveyT

Thanks Andy! What makes you say Buckbee? I'm not questioning you answer, just looking to learn more :)


Hi Davy, this is not by any means meant to be sarcastic or fresh...

Experience.  Andy has a huge volume of experience.   Frankly, that is what it takes with banjos.  It takes time and a lot of effort.

Oct 22, 2020 - 7:57:08 AM
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5710 posts since 9/21/2007

I should add that your photos are not exactly clear.

Full front (straight on), full back, peghead (front, back and side), heel, (back and side), rim detail of all hardware, and any markings or stampings.

Sunlight helps for clear and in focus photos.

Oct 22, 2020 - 8:17:49 AM

55994 posts since 12/14/2005

"Don't know  rrr  name, but she shur is purdy!"

-Mongo-  

Oct 22, 2020 - 9:35:36 AM

6 posts since 12/26/2015

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks
quote:
Originally posted by DaveyT

Thanks Andy! What makes you say Buckbee? I'm not questioning you answer, just looking to learn more :)


Hi Davy, this is not by any means meant to be sarcastic or fresh...

Experience.  Andy has a huge volume of experience.   Frankly, that is what it takes with banjos.  It takes time and a lot of effort.

 


Yeah for sure, and I don't take it as sarcasm or negative at all.  I'm at a point where I know so little about old banjos, that I don't know what I don't know, if that makes sense.  I'm more worried about asking annoyingly stupid or ignorant questions than anything else.  I mean, I bought a Deering because the pricepoint vs quality reviews seemed pretty universal - and that's the limit of my knowledge.  But this seems like a really great community with TONS of information that I'm busy trying to go through forums and read about stuff.  Every post amazes me with how much experience and knowledge you all possess.  I picked this up because I'm a musician and historian and history teacher, and I really hate seeing old instruments left by the wayside.  

Good to know about the pics too!

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