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Oct 7, 2022 - 7:06:19 AM
8 posts since 4/23/2021

Hello folks

Just picked up a Fender Artist Plectrum and it has an archtop ring.

The stuff I find, the archtop was not offered.

It has the ball top screws.

The s/n 01512

Any thoughts on age?

Oct 7, 2022 - 9:43:51 AM



1882 posts since 8/9/2019

Pictures are worth well over a thousand words....

Oct 7, 2022 - 9:55:06 AM



1188 posts since 5/19/2007

Many 1960s-70s Fender Concertone banjos had archtop tone rings. If your banjo is from that era it probably was a standard item. I've seen more with arch tops than flatheads.

Oct 7, 2022 - 12:32:35 PM

8 posts since 4/23/2021

Trying to put them up. Not sure why they aren't showingquote:
Originally posted by ChunoTheDog

Pictures are worth well over a thousand words....

Oct 7, 2022 - 12:34:45 PM
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8 posts since 4/23/2021

hope this works

Oct 7, 2022 - 2:51:29 PM

12427 posts since 10/27/2006

Other than being made in the '60s – early '70s, there is no reliable way to date these. Those who worked at Fender during those years confirm this. Interior labels and ephemera were used as available and there is no rhyme or reason to the serial numbers. 

Sometimes, the guitars will have dates penciled on the end of the neck but I've never heard of the banjos having it. Mine didn't.

If you'd like a scan of the 1968 Fender Banjo Catalog, send me a PM and I will email it to you. It's pretty nice.

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