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Nov 27, 2021 - 4:22:27 PM
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3 posts since 11/27/2021

Can anyone help me identify this Banjo? Star on the neck, Amraw CO Calf on the head, Elton tailpiece.
Any help would be appreciated

Edited by - BearMauled on 11/27/2021 16:24:35

Nov 27, 2021 - 4:29:05 PM

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Maybe a ~1900 Buckbee banjo? Not too educated on this subject, but this is a nice banjo you got!

Russ A.

Nov 27, 2021 - 4:30:30 PM

2801 posts since 3/30/2008

A product of the Buckbee factory.

Nov 27, 2021 - 4:34:11 PM

3 posts since 11/27/2021

Originally posted by tdennis

A product of the Buckbee factory.

Do they have any historical significance? Also, what's the value of this kind of Banjo if any? 

Nov 27, 2021 - 5:46:29 PM



1053 posts since 11/8/2014

I've seen these 38 hook Buckbee's sell for $250 - $500. Yours is a nice one, and if the neck is straight, is worth something in that range. Completely cleaned up strung up, with a straight neck, you might get the higher range with the right buyer. You should be able to easily sell it for $250 - $300 as it is, to a buyer who is looking for this kind of banjo, again if the neck is straight and the action is reasonable. It is hard to tell what this is with no bridge. Put a 1/2" bridge on it and see what the action is like.

Nov 28, 2021 - 11:57:27 AM
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2831 posts since 4/7/2010

Though the pictures are not very good, the neck attachment indicates Oscar Schmidt was the maker.

No significant value.

Bob Smakula

Nov 28, 2021 - 1:41:18 PM

9176 posts since 8/28/2013

That neck attachment does, indeed, appear to be Oscar Schmidt. I'm surprised I didn't notice it sooner, although something about this banjo was whispering, "Not a Buckbee" to me.

Nov 28, 2021 - 1:46:57 PM

1777 posts since 1/3/2004

Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

something about this banjo was whispering, "Not a Buckbee" to me.

Could be wrong but I don't think Buckbee used those hex shoes. 

Nov 29, 2021 - 9:00:57 AM

1713 posts since 2/9/2007

"Amrawco" is the brand name of the head (the American Rawhide Co.). On a banjo that old, it's likely that the head has been changed a time or two, but even if it is original, it doesn't tell you anything about who made the banjo.

The star in the peghead was a common decoration, used by many makers. Some folks see that star and think "Vega!", but Vega never used that peghead shape, nor that placement of a star inlay.

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