My Slingerland 5-string has an L stamped in the peghead. I figured it was a one-off oversight at the factory, but it is an awfully obvious thing to overlook.
Then I came across another member's Slingerland with an apparent L in the peghead and mine no longer looks so anomalous.
Discuss the L.
I can't see an "L" in "theirs," but yours looks to me like an ordinary gouge or grain anomoly. I would think even a low budget banjo would have its "L" centered on the peghead if it had been intentionally done by the factory.
My own Slingerland shows no such thing, nor does my relative's Slingerland, although both are slightly higher grade instruments and both are tenors.
My first thought is that the L is not an intentional stamp but a tool mark left from a clamp since the L's are not in the same place and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to them. Slingerland made budget instruments so maybe the tool marks didn't all get sanded off. Thats my best, educated, WAG.
The L in theirs is at an angle, upside down, left of center. That is a tenor banjo.
I initially thought that theirs was just scratches but on looking closer its exactly the same as my L, which definitely forms letter L impressed into the wood.
Could be a clamp mark, though that's a strange clamp to use on wood...
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