Hi I bought a banjo on ebay to get started, it appears to be shorter than most, the fret scale measures only 17 inches and its 5 strings. It has a new head fitted I believe bur otherwise very original and old. Thanks
Edited by - Bill Rogers on 01/14/2022 14:12:46
We're going to need some pictures
Welcome the Hangout. Not to offend, are you getting the scale length by measuring between the nut and the 12th fret and then doubling that number? 17" inches sounds awfully short.
Shorter than most? Maybe an A scale or C scale banjo.
Antoine suggests more pictures. Like the picture of the neck (so people can see and count the number of frets). A picture of the headstock (front and back). Pictures of the pot (front (to include the tailpiece), back, side, for example). Any identifying marks like a name or number? Diameter of the pot?
There are a number of members that are very knowledgeable about old/vintage banjos and are likely to be able to give you some idea of what you have.
Edited by - thisoldman on 01/14/2022 13:16:46
Might this thread be better served by the collectors' forum?
If it is an original 5 string and indeed has a 17" scale and a rim that is 11" or more in diameter, it might be a banjeaurine.
They are not very common, but Stewart, Cole, and Fairbanks all made them 100+ years ago.
Or it could be something else.
But yes, we need pictures to tell you anything concrete.
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