This strikes me as Eastern European, but perhaps c, 1960's .
Haven't the foggiest, but thanks for showing me something different.
Never seen anything exactly like it. But these banjo variants with a fully enclosed wooden body and top tension heads reminiscent of a zither banjo are usually Continental (French, Italian or German) and mid 20th C (20's to 60's) .
A cumbus, perhaps??
Definitely European. It has the zero fret. Apart from that, I am at a loss. Have never seen one like that before.
It's sure not a Cumbus.
Looks much better-made than anything similar I've seen. The only 30's continental guitars in my extremely limited experience with that level of quality and style are Selmer's. Did they ever make banjos?
Cumbuses (Cumbi?) usually have metal pots. Yours is much cooler.
Thank you everyone for your ideas. I will keep searching. It has a soft tone and is better suited for picking than for strumming chords.
The wood ribs on the back reminds me of a bowl back mandolin. It is very cool looking and well made! How does it sound??
The sound is soft. It is like playing a classical guitar. It has a wide neck and thicker than a standard banjo. It is fun to play and my wife likes the sound,so that helps me with the noise I make.
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