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May 29, 2024 - 1:37:48 PM
6 posts since 5/21/2024

So I found this old banjo for sale but I don't know what brand it is. It has a number there but no plate, and I don't find any information of the company maker, also the seller doesn't know.

Does someone know anything about it?








May 30, 2024 - 3:27:32 AM

1976 posts since 4/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Spanish Folk

So I found this old banjo for sale but I don't know what brand it is. It has a number there but no plate, and I don't find any information of the company maker, also the seller doesn't know.

Does someone know anything about it?


It's by G. P. Matthew of Birmingham UK. Late 1800's early 1900's. There is a Matthew research group here on the Hangout. If you take a small mirror and look at the underside of the dowel stick you may well find his stamp. The three numbers on the rim are likely the last 3 digits of the serial number next to his stamp. 

May 30, 2024 - 7:36:13 AM

2457 posts since 2/9/2007

If you're thinking of buying it, take a good look at how straight the neck is.
It was made for gut strings, but is strung with steel (much higher tension).
ALSO... it was made fretless (note the every-semitone side dots, and the odd placement of the fingerboard inlays), but has had frets added, which can alter the straightness of the neck.

May 30, 2024 - 8:05:32 AM
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Helix

USA

17527 posts since 8/30/2006

Tuning pegs can be found or whittled
Necks can be ironed

I suggest a new goatskin
I would love to hear her with the right strings

Edited by - Helix on 05/30/2024 10:15:41

May 30, 2024 - 9:27:22 AM

6 posts since 5/21/2024

Okay guys I'll keep it in mind, thx for the help :)

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