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Nov 30, 2021 - 11:17:05 AM
1 posts since 11/30/2021

Hi folks… I just acquired this very ornate banjo with no name on the headstock or anywhere inside banjo. The truss rod cover plate has the phrase ‘Custom Made’ which I have found on some Lida banjos but can’t find anything that looks like this one. Any help identifying this would be much appreciated!!

Nov 30, 2021 - 11:26:19 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26716 posts since 8/3/2003

Nice looking banjo. Hope you find out who made it.

Those interested in looking at it, go to the OPs hope page and see the pictures.

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Nov 30, 2021 - 11:53:44 AM
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Emiel

Austria

10043 posts since 1/22/2003

The banjo brand you mention is "Iida", not "Lida". And yes, I think it points into a Japanese direction.

Nov 30, 2021 - 11:57:16 AM
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Emiel

Austria

10043 posts since 1/22/2003

These are the pics:


 

Nov 30, 2021 - 12:05:36 PM
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BobbyE

USA

3005 posts since 11/29/2007

Google 'Paul Hawthorne's Website,' and a page should open where you can see Asian made banjos listed alphabetically by name. Iida is shown in the section which covers those made beginning with the letter 'I.' There appears to be extensive comments on Iida banjos. Since your is not named particularly it might not help but you might see that some were shipped without a name on them as well. Also many pictures and that might help you narrow your search down.  One thing I would mention is that if the 'speed neck,' came on it from the factory I don't remember that being a feature of the 70 or 80 Japanese banjos that were being produced at that time. 

Bobby

Edited by - BobbyE on 11/30/2021 12:09:36

Nov 30, 2021 - 12:34:10 PM

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Looks like the brand name inlay was removed from the peghead. No big deal.

Definitely Asian made. Could have been made anywhere from the 1970's - early 2000's.

Nov 30, 2021 - 12:51:18 PM

138 posts since 9/27/2014

You think a speed neck Bobby or just the finish on this particular instrument?

Nov 30, 2021 - 1:08:22 PM
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1664 posts since 5/19/2018

On those Iida banjos, the neck finish is what it is. Kind of a fade finish. That is not a “speed” neck.

Those banjos for the time were about the highest quality new banjos you could buy. Very nice instruments to learn on. Fairly good quality. Nice necks.

Not particularly rare, nor valuable, but a good solid instrument.

Nov 30, 2021 - 2:33:33 PM

BobbyE

USA

3005 posts since 11/29/2007

Yeah, with the resonator being 'speed necked,' too, y'all are probably right. Just never saw one where it had really come off like that.

Bobby

Dec 1, 2021 - 11:50:41 AM

11080 posts since 6/17/2003

It looks like the 3rd string tuner hole was drilled slightly off.

Dec 1, 2021 - 7:24:14 PM

deke46

Australia

134 posts since 8/30/2009

I think the holes are ok but the inlays have been offset to allow for the missing Iida inlay.

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