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Oct 25, 2020 - 1:29:59 PM
6 posts since 12/21/2008

Can anyone tell me what this is? When I bought it I was told that they thought it was European from the 1930s, but wasn't sure. I have been searching the net, but haven't find anything like it. No serial number inside or out.


Oct 25, 2020 - 5:50:06 PM

2465 posts since 3/30/2008

This strikes me as Eastern European, but perhaps c, 1960's .

Oct 25, 2020 - 6:09:22 PM

55974 posts since 12/14/2005

Haven't the foggiest, but thanks for showing me something different.

Oct 26, 2020 - 1:56:09 AM

3003 posts since 4/29/2012

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) .

Oct 26, 2020 - 7:23:34 AM

998 posts since 12/8/2006

A cumbus, perhaps??

Oct 26, 2020 - 12:00:13 PM


New Zealand

11042 posts since 6/29/2003

Definitely European. It has the zero fret. Apart from that, I am at a loss. Have never seen one like that before.

Oct 26, 2020 - 7:28:12 PM

1300 posts since 2/9/2007

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?

Oct 27, 2020 - 7:30:15 AM

3531 posts since 3/28/2008

Originally posted by Shop the Folk

A cumbus, perhaps??

Those things are Turkish, right?

Oct 27, 2020 - 8:33:28 AM

998 posts since 12/8/2006

Cumbuses (Cumbi?) usually have metal pots. Yours is much cooler.

Oct 28, 2020 - 8:55:55 PM

6 posts since 12/21/2008

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.

Oct 28, 2020 - 9:00:02 PM

210 posts since 10/8/2018

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??

Oct 28, 2020 - 9:24:36 PM

6 posts since 12/21/2008

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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