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Jul 28, 2021 - 9:54:10 AM
3 posts since 7/28/2021

Hi All,

I've just inherited this banjo from my grandfather. It's been in the family for over 100 years, I believe it's 19th century. We are from Wales in the UK. I can't find any markings on it to identify make or age. Would be great to know more.

Thanks,

Rob

Jul 28, 2021 - 1:14:15 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25156 posts since 6/25/2005

Post plenty of pix. Then you can get answers.

Jul 28, 2021 - 1:53:46 PM
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Helix

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14498 posts since 8/30/2006

Jul 28, 2021 - 2:06:45 PM

1575 posts since 2/9/2007

Late 19th C. is a reasonable guess by the look of it.
My first reaction is that it could be a home-made one-off-- There are some things about how that neck is made which are odd.

Some close-ups of the head-tensioning hardware, the front and back of the peghead, and the side of the neck in the area around the "bump" at the fifth fret might clarify things a bit.

Edited by - Dan Gellert on 07/28/2021 14:11:53

Jul 28, 2021 - 2:09:30 PM

3 posts since 7/28/2021

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Post plenty of pix. Then you can get answers.


Thanks. I'll post some more tomorrow. yes

Jul 28, 2021 - 2:18:43 PM

3 posts since 7/28/2021

quote:
Originally posted by Dan Gellert

Late 19th C. is a reasonable guess by the look of it.
My first reaction is that it could be a home-made one-off-- There are some things about how that neck is made which are odd.


Thanks... yes I did wonder that myself. His Grandfather (my Great Great grandfather) was a cabinet maker, so I guess would have had some of the wood working skills.

Jul 28, 2021 - 2:29:57 PM

1627 posts since 10/12/2011

Very interesting. Its like a 5 string, mandolin kinda neck. Looks to have a pre-war Presto tailpiece. Can't help much past that.

Jul 28, 2021 - 4:47:53 PM
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s_ou_b

USA

31 posts since 6/24/2020

its clearly a 7 string that got some, um , modifications.

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