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Jan 19, 2021 - 11:28:23 PM
4 posts since 1/19/2021

I am going through a banjo I traded many years ago. After a couple of nights of reading I've come to the conclusion this is a one off banjo. First of all the string scale is weird at 31 1/4 inches from the zero fret to the bridge. It is not like a Pete Seeger as there are the usual 5 frets to get up to the five string.

Also it has what I believe is called a dowel stick (around 1") that goes from the heel of the neck to a thumbwheel it is anchored in the end of the neck where the string trapeze is. Current strings are .009, .011, 013, .022w and .012 for the fifth fret g short string.

There is not a single number or letter anywhere on the instrument with the exception of what I think is a SIN number.

I've been playing this in standard G tuning but am breaking high strings pretty frequently. Would I tune lower or go to lighter strings or one or the other. The neck is pretty straight and the instrument intonate well up the neck.
FWIW I am in Vancouver Canada. Any thoughts on what it might be or what you would recommend . I like the sound of it but I do find the long scale a bit of a stretch. . Many Thanks Brian


Edited by - Bill Rogers on 01/20/2021 04:54:09

Jan 20, 2021 - 4:49:17 AM
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TopoG

USA

119 posts since 7/5/2011

Tune it lower. It may not be a Pete Seeger "style", but it is definitely a long neck scale. That being said, the original owner probably wanted the fifth string tuner placed at the fifth fret instead of the eighth (or ninth) fret for personal reasons such as it's easier to capo a longer fifth string than to try to lower a string that may otherwise flop around in a much lower pitch.
My opinion, but that's what I'm guessing at.

Mark

P S  I almost forgot:  More pictures of the banjo would help as well.

Edited by - TopoG on 01/20/2021 04:53:59

Jan 20, 2021 - 5:02:14 AM
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TopoG

USA

119 posts since 7/5/2011

My bad. Saw you do have more pictures in your account, but no pictures of the full neck, banjo or the fretboard. Those would help in identifying your banjo.

Mark

Jan 20, 2021 - 7:36:49 AM

2494 posts since 4/7/2010

quote:
Originally posted by briguy1960

I am going through a banjo I traded many years ago. After a couple of nights of reading I've come to the conclusion this is a one off banjo. First of all the string scale is weird at 31 1/4 inches from the zero fret to the bridge. It is not like a Pete Seeger as there are the usual 5 frets to get up to the five string.

Brian,

Post all the photos directly to the forum. They come out larger and you'll get more opinions from the banjo brain trust that is Banjo Hangout.

 

Bob Smakula

Jan 20, 2021 - 9:34:30 AM

4 posts since 1/19/2021

I am trying to post more pics but my account has been locked

Brian

Jan 20, 2021 - 10:05 AM

3605 posts since 5/29/2011

From what little I can glean it looks kind of like a Framus banjo. But I have been known to be wrong.

Jan 20, 2021 - 10:46:47 AM

4 posts since 1/19/2021

The guy I traded A GUITAR for it claimed it was a Framus as well. Curious as to why they would not have put any kind of maker mark on it anywhere. Once I can post a picture again I will post a picture of the inlay on the headstock. Thanks everyone!

Jan 20, 2021 - 12:48:50 PM
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RioStat

USA

5409 posts since 10/12/2009
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quote:
Originally posted by briguy1960

The guy I traded A GUITAR for it claimed it was a Framus as well. Curious as to why they would not have put any kind of maker mark on it anywhere. Once I can post a picture again I will post a picture of the inlay on the headstock. Thanks everyone!


We'd rather have you step back a couple feet from the banjo, and take a picture of the entire instrument from the front, and from the back.

Here's the headstock inlay

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Jan 21, 2021 - 12:19:44 AM

4 posts since 1/19/2021

Hopefully the pics will come through this time




Jan 21, 2021 - 12:56:42 PM

253 posts since 6/15/2006

One of my friends, who doesn´t live close to me had many ears ago, and maybe still has a banjo, that looked a whole lot like that one. I remember that it had a fairly long and fairly wide neck, though it had only the normal five frets over the fifth string. The pot itself (included the arch) was one piece of some metal (folded into shape), and I remember it as a quite loud thing. It is not a Framus. I had a Framus at that time (miss it a little), but this one was louder, and I remember it as more than 11 inches across. I am not sure it had a name, but if he still has it, I can try to ask him. Steen

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