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Sep 20, 2021 - 10:38:44 AM
2 posts since 9/20/2021

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.

Sep 20, 2021 - 10:57:25 AM
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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.

Sep 20, 2021 - 11:22:48 AM

345 posts since 4/14/2014

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.

Sep 20, 2021 - 11:37:53 AM

2 posts since 9/20/2021

Thanks for that. Found a great site on zither banjo.
Now I understand what they are and can start the restoration.

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