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Oct 23, 2021 - 5:44:04 PM
5 posts since 10/23/2021

I don''t know anything other than a little about playing clawhammer on a 5 string.

This is being passed down to me from family that recently passed. All I can find is it might be somewhere in the 20's or 30's. Maybe a Plectrum or Tenor? Curious if yall can help me out at all. I'd love to know more about it :) (see attached)


Edited by - melasonos on 10/23/2021 17:45:05

Oct 23, 2021 - 6:36:57 PM



11826 posts since 2/7/2008

Fuzzy pic but I am pretty sure that's a tenor.

Oct 23, 2021 - 6:50:34 PM

9093 posts since 8/28/2013

19 frets definitely makes this a tenor banjo. A plectrum banjo would have 22 frets.

Oct 23, 2021 - 6:50:39 PM

5 posts since 10/23/2021

Are you able to enlarge it when you click on it? I'm not. Think it might have to do with being new? Either way, I appreciate it. It's 19 frets and 4 strings. I'm trying to figure out about what year it is, as I dont see any pics of the B&D Special banner that look like this one. The mothers have like, indented ends. I wish I had more pics. It's in another state and won'ty be getting it for a while

Oct 23, 2021 - 6:51:38 PM

5 posts since 10/23/2021

Thank you both. I was hoping there was some resource that had a catalogue or way to identify these? I see that there used to be online a while back, but not that I can find at the moment

Oct 24, 2021 - 3:45:32 AM

657 posts since 5/4/2014

This is simply a B&D Special tenor, likely a no.1 from the 1930s. To tell its more accurate/approximate age you’ll have to find the 5digit SN inside the rim. It’ll be stamped on both the dowel stick and the side of the rim.

Oct 25, 2021 - 11:03:20 AM

5 posts since 10/23/2021

Thank you very much !!

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