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Feb 24, 2024 - 9:40:31 AM
416 posts since 1/25/2012

I just posted an old Slingerland Maybelle banjo, probably from the 1920s, in the classifieds.

It's overall in good shape with a 27" scale length, and a head about 10 3/4". It still has the original friction tuners, which are probably the smoothest friction tuners I've ever used. Plus a cool Waverly tailpiece with a sliding cover.

No marks on the dowel or pot, but LOTS of bird's eye on the pot and neck. The action is high once you get past the 5th fret, but it's an open back plunk machine!!

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Feb 24, 2024 - 11:37:23 AM

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Pretty cool! FWIW, the correct way (as designed) to string that tailpiece with "gut" strings is to tie a stopper knot in the end and then slip the knot between the long tabs. Knots are to the inside, it is very fast to do, and the cover slips right over them.

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