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Short scale 5 string,whaizzit?

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Jun 25, 2022 - 5:07:57 PM
4053 posts since 5/1/2003

I picked up this project yesterday,I’m very curious as to what it might be.It’s about 19 1/8” scale length,has 28 shoe brackets and needs a 12 5/8” head.
The only name anywhere is the brass plate that says “LESTER”.
I sent an email to Bob Smakula just this morning but I do need 4 hook and nuts,these are brass but I wouldn’t be particular about material,the old brass hardware is rather fragile I’ve found.

Jun 25, 2022 - 5:20:07 PM
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2937 posts since 3/30/2008

It's a banjeaurine.

Jun 25, 2022 - 6:00:04 PM
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1623 posts since 4/13/2009
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Yes, a banjeaurine missing the part of the fingerboard that extended over the head.

Jun 25, 2022 - 6:44:57 PM
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7008 posts since 9/21/2007

Lyon & Healy was the maker.

Jun 27, 2022 - 9:53:08 PM
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9798 posts since 8/28/2013

Also missing the two wooden wedges that fit between the rim and that triangular metal bracket screwed to the dowel stick. Those wedges are very important and should be in place before tuning to pitch.

I suppose you caqn't tune this properly, anyway, because the nut is gone, too.

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