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WILL VAN ALLEN 5 STRING BANJO, WITH GROVER PRESTO TAILPIECE

Apr 16, 2021 - 9:22:38 AM
11 posts since 12/15/2020

Hello members, I recently purchased a Will Van Allen 5 string banjo. I was really surprised to find a 5 string because normally I only see small WVA ukes. It came in what appears to be its well fitting original black hard case. I have done numerous internet searches to find any reference to a Will Van Allen 5 string but have had no success. Can anyone tell me just how rare it is to find a WVA 5 string? The tailpiece is a GROVER PRESTO. Thanking you all in advance. Paul.




 

Apr 16, 2021 - 9:26:02 AM

11 posts since 12/15/2020

Here are three more pictures. Thank you.




 

Apr 16, 2021 - 12:22 PM

6127 posts since 9/21/2007

Nice British classic era banjo. Sorry, I don't have any information on the banjo but I am getting a slight Abbott vibe.

That said, I am pretty ignorant about British banjos.

Apr 16, 2021 - 12:30:50 PM

2099 posts since 2/12/2009

My guess would be Dallas based on the headstock scroll inlay, kinda like the Dallas E uke .

Apr 16, 2021 - 3:27:14 PM

1332 posts since 5/19/2018

I have zero idea as to who made it. Looks to be a wonderful instrument.

These British banjos are beautiful works.

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