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Oct 30, 2020 - 6:27:34 AM

Helix

USA

13072 posts since 8/30/2006

I was sent photos of this build from the 40's. It was played in bars up in Washington around Olympia. See the light bulb plug in, it's real.
It looks like a funny little dowel is running from the heel to the bridge.
I conject is it used like an ossicle. That's the little stick that is inside every fiddle and joins the top to the back without gluing, there is a special tool to install ossicles.

It was played like a lap steel, but banjo.

Is the rim an off the shelf item? It looks industrial, like they didn't bother to refinish it.




 

Oct 30, 2020 - 10:41:53 AM

1950 posts since 1/4/2009

the back kind of looks like a part of a wheel, perhaps from a tractor... its certainly home made.

Oct 30, 2020 - 11:25:05 AM

cevant

USA

61 posts since 2/5/2020

Looked like one of the burner rings for my wok.

Oct 30, 2020 - 11:43:37 AM

1148 posts since 5/19/2018

Are you sure that’s not used to make popcorn?

Oct 30, 2020 - 12:31:43 PM
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Helix

USA

13072 posts since 8/30/2006

I think it’s from the pioneer spirit of the Northwest . ( I’ve seen and played the washtub “type” campfire bass that Bill Monroe signed. It looks like the bottom half of a bass with a footrest and a curved stick for a neck. They took it over and showed Mr Monroe, nobody fell in the fire that year)

I agree it’s a chuckle to think of some 50 pounder on your lap And live electricity, bars can be nippy in the northwest

These photos were passed along to me , no possibility of provenance nor history

I notice nobody on the hangout that I know of has ever played a six string guitar banjo like a lap steel ,
No one has shown they built one, which is equally as novel as space flight With a non-diapered monkey.
At 2 am, all banjos are created equal

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