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Apr 3, 2024 - 9:53:20 AM

TonyCMajor

France

36 posts since 9/22/2021

Can anyone identify this Banjolin. Side sound holes unusual, could be SS Stewart?
Some words on the stockhead back but very very faint. 10 in head.
Any ideas.
Tony


Apr 3, 2024 - 11:14:10 AM

5622 posts since 5/29/2011

I never saw an S S Stewart with that kind of bracket shoes.

Apr 3, 2024 - 1:41:12 PM
likes this

11329 posts since 4/23/2004

Nope, not a Stewart. Hex brackets were common to many makers though.

Apr 4, 2024 - 3:02:12 AM

TonyCMajor

France

36 posts since 9/22/2021

Yea, That was just a wild guess. It's a strange hybrid with a European slot head and an American head and tension ring rather than Zither construction. bought here in France by me last week. The sound holes on the side of the enclosed pot intrigue me; has anyone seen this before. I think 4 strings is sweet and nice sound but I am having difficulty in getting good intonation. Any tips please.
Tony

Apr 4, 2024 - 7:15:33 AM

2394 posts since 2/9/2007

quote:
Originally posted by TonyCMajor

Yea, That was just a wild guess. It's a strange hybrid with a European slot head and an American head and tension ring rather than Zither construction. bought here in France by me last week. The sound holes on the side of the enclosed pot intrigue me; has anyone seen this before. I think 4 strings is sweet and nice sound but I am having difficulty in getting good intonation. Any tips please.
Tony


There is nothing terribly strange about that instrument's design to my eye, though it doesn't immediately suggest any one maker or nationality with which I'm familiar.  My first thought would be British, but it wouldn't take much to change that opinion. 

Intonation problems would be better addressed in the "building, setup, and repair" forum.  Try another post there, and include as much detail as possible: which strings or notes seem most off, what kind of strings and bridge you have, how you set the bridge position, how high the action is at the 1st fret and the octave, etc.

Apr 4, 2024 - 8:53:45 AM

TonyCMajor

France

36 posts since 9/22/2021

Thanks Dan,
I'm going straight over to B,S & R right now. What did you think of the sound?

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