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Jun 7, 2021 - 5:40:53 PM
5027 posts since 3/22/2008

https://live.skinnerinc.com/lots/view/4-2NIIYS/gretsch-fred-bacon-special-tenor-banjo-c-1940I think Bacon banjos with "Fred Bacon" engraved on peghead are rare.
I am not bidding.
I thought someone here might be interested.

I don't think this is a Gretsch.

Jun 7, 2021 - 9:26:14 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24878 posts since 6/25/2005

But didn’t Bacon play 5-string?

Jun 8, 2021 - 3:23:19 AM

csacwp

USA

2881 posts since 1/15/2014

This looks like it could be one of the parts banjos that Bacon assembled for friends in the 1940s. The peghead is rare but not unheard of. And yes, Bacon himself only played the 5-string.

Jun 8, 2021 - 7:38:57 AM

5027 posts since 3/22/2008

John, that is an outstanding observation to explain the Fred Bacon auction banjo. I recall reading a Collins' article about Collins visit to Fred Bacon's retirement place in Newfane, Vt. Collins said Bacon had a little banjo shop and did minor repairs, etc there and that Bacon's 2nd wife did fretboard decorative painting including on Fred's personal banjo. So, if this auction banjo was put together from parts by Fred Bacon himself and decorated by Mrs. Bacon II (see the resonator - oh boy!) in Newfane, Vt. it is a super sleeper that would be a must have for any Bacon afficianado in my goofy opinion.

Jun 8, 2021 - 8:21:47 PM

csacwp

USA

2881 posts since 1/15/2014

I completely agree, but for whatever reason these Fred Bacon assembled banjos don't seem to bring much on the open market. A few others have turned up in recent years and have sold for no more than comparable production Silver Bells. Maybe the engraved parts will drive the price up on this one? Somebody out there probably has a project banjo that could use these parts.

Jun 12, 2021 - 5:11:44 AM

656 posts since 5/4/2014

All consistent with Newfane Bacon floor sweep era

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