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Sep 30, 2022 - 3:10:18 AM
3040 posts since 12/4/2009

Faulkner TT owned by Earl Scruggs

Hello,


I was reading Bluegrass Today when I chanced on an article about a recent Earl Scruggs Center purchase of Earl’s memorabilia. The name Jim Faulkner is all over this article and banjo. So is Earl’s name on every component.

What pique my interest was the tailpiece used. Multiple discussions on this forum about this tailpiece begin and end with the word "terrible." Jim Faulkner's contribution to Earl's story is legendary. Earl's banjo knowledge is exemplary. Is this a Jim Faulkner design or previous owner's need?
 

Or is the vaunted Presto now replaced by this design now that JM and ES are attached to it?

Sep 30, 2022 - 7:04:19 AM
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Fathand

Canada

12053 posts since 2/7/2008

The tailpiece appears to be a Paramount/Gretsch as used by Don Reno on Nellie, which he acquired from Earl. 

Edited by - Fathand on 09/30/2022 07:11:06

Sep 30, 2022 - 12:59:30 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11630 posts since 6/29/2003
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I have seen that style of TP on Gretsch banjos.

Sep 30, 2022 - 5:04:34 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11630 posts since 6/29/2003
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quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

I have seen that style of TP on Gretsch banjos.


Also and Lange banjos (Langestyle 11)

Sep 30, 2022 - 6:12:31 PM
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TLG

USA

1711 posts since 10/11/2004

I have one that is stampted "GRETSCH"

Oct 1, 2022 - 1:39:22 PM
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anbanco

USA

238 posts since 2/13/2006

The aforementioned banjo tailpiece was designed and manufactured by Robert Page ( Patent No. 1626084 ). The same Page who designed the tuners used on Paramount banjos in the 1920's. Most were engraved Paramount, some engraved Gretsch, a few with no name engraved. There are also some with holes drilled in the cover. These were engraved Paramount but never used. Page drilled out the Paramount name so they could be sold to other concerns, at a discount.

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