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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

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For those unfamiliar with them, here’s a link to Hank Schwartz’s Fairbanks banjo pages.

http://www.hschwartz.com/FairbanksBanjos/FairbanksBanjos.html

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 12/10/2023 00:38:25

Dec 10, 2023 - 3:53:48 AM

csacwp

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quote:
Originally posted by Brian Murphy

https://acousticmusic.org/research/guitar-information/large-shop-guitar-builders/vega-fairbanks-oliver-ditson/


There's a fair amount of incorrect information on that web page. For example, the bits about the mandolin craze preceding the banjo craze and the Whyte Laydie being redesigned in 1908 with a scalloped tone ring.

Dec 10, 2023 - 10:13:40 AM

rcc56

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5005 posts since 2/20/2016

No, there were two waves of banjo popularity.

Late 1800's - first decade of 1900: 5 string banjo - circa 1900 through the 1910's: mandolins are popular - 1920's: 4 string banjos take off with the blossoming of the jazz age.

Vega didn't make banjos until they acquired Fairbanks in 1904. At that time, banjos were on their way out and interest in mandolins was increasingly rapidly. They made more banjos during the second wave of banjo popularity.

Edited by - rcc56 on 12/10/2023 10:14:29

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