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Sep 17, 2021 - 4:35:25 PM

rmcdow

USA

1016 posts since 11/8/2014

I believe this banjo is likely a Buckbee, but would like input and opinions on that. It has the numbers 1 - 12 on the fretboard, in between the frets. The scale length is 24.75", the nut is 1 3/8", the neck at the pot is 2.150". It needs a 1/2" or 7/16" bridge for the action to be correct; I didn't have one and will make one for it. The tailpiece is not original; it is one I made from ebony. Two of the pegs are original, the rest are violin pegs I bought. The head was on it when I acquired it, and cleaned up nicely.


Edited by - rmcdow on 09/17/2021 16:43:58

Sep 17, 2021 - 9:34:50 PM

361 posts since 10/8/2018

quote:
Originally posted by rmcdow

I believe this banjo is likely a Buckbee, but would like input and opinions on that. It has the numbers 1 - 12 on the fretboard, in between the frets. The scale length is 24.75", the nut is 1 3/8", the neck at the pot is 2.150". It needs a 1/2" or 7/16" bridge for the action to be correct; I didn't have one and will make one for it. The tailpiece is not original; it is one I made from ebony. Two of the pegs are original, the rest are violin pegs I bought. The head was on it when I acquired it, and cleaned up nicely.


Looks very much like a Buckbee. The end piece that the tail piece fastens to looks very much like the one on my Morrison which was made by the Buckbee factory.

Sep 18, 2021 - 5:19:13 AM

4745 posts since 5/9/2007

Buckbee!
The "brace" between the heel and dowel stick ilooks to be an Ad-on (?).

Sep 18, 2021 - 6:07:22 AM

rmcdow

USA

1016 posts since 11/8/2014

quote:
Originally posted by mrphysics55

Buckbee!
The "brace" between the heel and dowel stick ilooks to be an Ad-on (?).


The brace is hand forged, and appears to be old also.  It is hard to tell whether it was original to the banjo, but based on the small crack in the dowel where the brace connects with two screws there, it seems like it was probably added after market.

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