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Apr 23, 2024 - 4:52:35 PM
1370 posts since 3/21/2013

Need help IDing this vintage banjo ukulele. Never seen a headstock like this. Neck looks like its a 3 piece. The tension hoop has a channel along the top, the backside of the pot appears to have a.white inlay and either a painted edge or inlay. Assuming it had some sort of resonator back at one point. I just can't figure out the sum of the parts here...


Edited by - jun3machina on 04/23/2024 16:53:13

Apr 23, 2024 - 5:51:05 PM

2436 posts since 2/9/2007

I haven't a clue, but it is different! What's the scale length? Might it have originally been a "melody" banjo (single-strung mandolin-banjo)?

Apr 24, 2024 - 9:05:27 AM
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2034 posts since 1/13/2012

The hardware and inlays have a NYC feel to them... Gretsch, Rettberg & Lange, et. al.

Apr 24, 2024 - 4:48:38 PM

1370 posts since 3/21/2013

Thanks Andy. Yeah some details looked like gretsch to me too but I've been unable to find anything yet.

And I'm sure its a banjolele. I got it today. Someone did some sort of neck reset so might have to take it all apart to figure out what is going on. But all the bones are good. And the old skin head on it seems to be in decent shape too

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