I can't play anything but like restoration.
I bought this 6 string banjo at a local auction (UK). sight unseen.
Can anyone help me identify it and explain it.
It has a 6 string headstock but the tailpiece has 5 pins. How is it strung?
The top string goes through the neck at the point where the 5 string would have a peg.
I intend to strip it down clean and revarnish it but need to know a little more before starting work.
Without seeing any photos, I would imagine this is a 5-string banjo with a tunnelled 5th string. Although the headstock has 6 tuning pegs, only 5 would be strung.
A lot of English banjos have six tuners, but were intended as five strings. Look up an image of a zither banjo and you'll see what I mean.
Thanks for that. Found a great site on zither banjo.
Now I understand what they are and can start the restoration.
'David Cunningham Bridges' 10 hrs