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Jun 24, 2021 - 6:50:32 PM
2 posts since 6/24/2021

Hello i while ago. my grandad passed away and left us a mystery of where and what his instruments are worth and it whould be approtiated to know some about this pieces aswell.

Its an emperador banjo whit a printed pattern around it on the Wood brink that I cannot compare to any google pic.
It has 5 strings, marble deatails.

It comes in a inagaki case, whit blue coating.

Iside theres Banjo g5th silverplated one mohawk strings (looks vintage and feels like it)
Allso some old note books and instruktions and other parts.

Thanks in advance, happy days

Edited by - Blueclue on 06/25/2021 04:39:45

Jun 24, 2021 - 8:19 PM



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Here is an archived discussion pertaining to Emperador banjos that you may find informative, I did:

Jun 25, 2021 - 4:40:41 AM

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Jun 25, 2021 - 5:56:47 AM
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Numerous detailed pictures may help identify.

I am not familiar with a "wood brink" and "marble details."

Emperador was a Japanese label but it may be affixed to any number of banjo configurations.

Jun 25, 2021 - 6:49:53 AM

3807 posts since 3/28/2008

I looked at the pictures in your profile, and that banjo is what we call a "bottlecap" banjo, because of the resemblance between the one-piece aluminum shell and a beer-bottle cap. They're inexpensive instruments turned out by the thousands in Asian factories--first Japan, now usually China. They're usually bought by beginners who will trade up to better instruments eventually.

They're not worth much on the market--$200 would be high for a used one--but if they're in good condition and well set up, they can sound and play surprisingly good.

I don't think I've ever heard of Mohawk strings.

Edited by - Ira Gitlin on 06/25/2021 06:50:33

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