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Looking for Info on Slingerland Banjo (Slingerland's Pal)

Dec 1, 2022 - 6:58:33 PM
1 posts since 12/1/2022

Hey there everybody!

Brand-new here. I have been having the hardest time finding info on this banjo I came across. I find a ton about Slingerlands but haven't had much luck with this particular model, "Slingerland's Pal". Is it a later model? I would say maybe an entry level banjo except that it is solid and HEAVY. Thanks in advance for any info!


Edited by - jrdnrhdy1 on 12/01/2022 18:59:34

Dec 2, 2022 - 4:09:57 AM

5287 posts since 3/22/2008

The Slingerland Pal was introduced Feb. 5, 1927 along with the Queen model. They were identified as part of the May Bell line. Initially the Pal was described as a mahogany banjo with pearl inlay. The Pal was listed in Slingerland's dealer circular in 1928. I do not know when the Pal was changed to a pearloid model but was not included in the Slingerland 1930 catalog - apparently discontinued.

Dec 2, 2022 - 2:50:57 PM



1285 posts since 11/30/2015

I saw one for sale recently, maybe this one. They can be a good or great banjo but it would depend on the tone ring. Remove the resonator and show us the inside. The biggest concern I would have would be the fingerboard. Has the celluloid shrunk, how's the underlying wood and glue? Many times the fingerboard is the biggest issue with these old Slingerlands.

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