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Jun 16, 2021 - 7:55:36 AM
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Here is another banjo style instrument my dads friend had, it has 6 string and the pot is huge! Any idea about this?
Didn't see serial numbers. Thanks for the help!










 

Jun 16, 2021 - 8:04:44 AM
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this is really cool, clef club brand was out of philadelphia. I would make you an offer if you want to sell, ive been looking for one for awhile.

Some history on the clef club founder, he didnt make the instruments but inspired them https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Reese_Europe. The Banjo was made by McGinnis and Shaw. 

Edited by - kyleb on 06/16/2021 08:11:24

Jun 16, 2021 - 8:23:56 AM

2166 posts since 1/4/2009

how big is the pot? Dom Flemons plays a clef club deluxe with a 16 inch pot called big head joe.

Jun 16, 2021 - 8:32:50 AM
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Emiel

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9914 posts since 1/22/2003

First impression is: guitar-banjo, but it has only 17 frets, like some tenor banjos. 6-string tenor banjo?

Jun 16, 2021 - 8:33:26 AM

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The Pot seems to be about 16"


 

Jun 16, 2021 - 8:40:16 AM

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little bigger than 16"

Jun 16, 2021 - 9:25:46 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by Emiel

First impression is: guitar-banjo, but it has only 17 frets, like some tenor banjos. 6-string tenor banjo?


But with a 16" pot the scale length is going to be much bigger than 17 frets on an 11" pot. With this massive pot you have 3 options:

  1. Forego some of the higher frets
  2. Have the bridge too near the centre of the head
  3. Have an unusually long scale length

Looks like they've gone for No 1.

It's be interesting to know what the scale length actually is - i'e whether this is a big-headed guitar banjo a 6 string tenor banjo or something else.

Jun 16, 2021 - 9:39:39 AM
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Emiel

Austria

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quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD
quote:
Originally posted by Emiel

First impression is: guitar-banjo, but it has only 17 frets, like some tenor banjos. 6-string tenor banjo?


But with a 16" pot the scale length is going to be much bigger than 17 frets on an 11" pot. With this massive pot you have 3 options:

  1. Forego some of the higher frets
  2. Have the bridge too near the centre of the head
  3. Have an unusually long scale length

Looks like they've gone for No 1.

It's be interesting to know what the scale length actually is - i'e whether this is a big-headed guitar banjo a 6 string tenor banjo or something else.

 


Yes, I understand that. The pot is indeed huge…

Jun 16, 2021 - 9:41:08 AM
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Dom Flemons plays a clef club guitar banjo with an 18 inch pot. Its a guitar banjo. This is the one retrofret.com/products.asp?Pro...5&CartID=

Jun 16, 2021 - 9:49:26 AM
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2654 posts since 4/7/2010

Another McGinnis-Shaw guitar banjo player is Nate Lane from Virginia.

They are cool and quirky banjos, often requiring what seems like endless hours of dinking to dial them in to play well.

Bob Smakula

Jun 16, 2021 - 11:57:04 AM

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That is something else.

Really unusual and rare.

Nice instrument with some beautiful details on it.

Jun 16, 2021 - 2:31:23 PM

8722 posts since 8/28/2013

It's certainly a lovely and unusual banjo. I'd love to own it.

By the way, the pot is generally measured using the inside edges of the tension band; you appear to have measured from the outside. It may seem trivial, but if it ever needs a new head, the correct measuring system is extremely important.

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