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Help with ID- dowel adjuster and Headstock

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May 15, 2022 - 9:00:38 PM
31 posts since 3/20/2020

Can anyone give me some ideas of the makers that would have a headstock of this shape and a dowel adjuster of this style? These are the only two photos I have, but it is a spun over rim, black painted interior with slotted screws, and some pretty nice inlay on the fretboard. It has, what I believe to be , an Eleanor D Son tailpiece. Not much to go on but, any help appreciated ….


May 16, 2022 - 8:19:05 AM



603 posts since 6/26/2004

I believe this was possibly a Cole product.

If you look at the dowel adjuster, you can see where the dowel stick was notched out underneath it, in the same way as a Cole neck attachment. The Fairbanks/Vega style horseshoe appears to be added over top of the notch. The headstock shape resembles closely some of Cole's products.

Are there any markings inside the rim? Names; serial numbers, patents, etc. Pictures of the inlay and other parts of the banjo would help a lot.

May 17, 2022 - 2:22:43 AM

1853 posts since 1/13/2012

I agree with Harry. It looks like a low-end Cole to me as well.

May 18, 2022 - 6:26:10 AM

9636 posts since 8/28/2013

That is not a "dowel adjuster." It is to keep the neck heel tight to the rim. You can't change the neck angle or the action with that bracket.

May 18, 2022 - 6:57:03 AM

31 posts since 3/20/2020

You are correct, that should have read “dowel hardware.
Thanks for your input fellas.

May 18, 2022 - 8:18:17 AM
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2691 posts since 10/11/2005

That dowel hardware was used by many manufactures and is still available today.


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