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Slingerland night hawk pot and matching neck for parts build?

Jun 14, 2024 - 11:06:21 PM
2686 posts since 3/2/2008

While searching through my stuff to sell off I came across a complete slingerland pot assembly and matching tenor neck that I thought I sold years ago . The question is is their any interest in the tenor world for this model and is it a parts banjo or worth setting up as a player?

Jun 14, 2024 - 11:09:33 PM

2686 posts since 3/2/2008

I forgot to add that it is a complete night hawk pot assembly along with correct tenor neck

Jun 15, 2024 - 12:19:49 AM

2686 posts since 3/2/2008

Not much information on this model , had a very substantial tone ring more like a heavy brass bluegrass style and not the donut style I’m used to seeing on these . Saw one on YouTube played with a five string neck that sounded pretty good . Anyone have more info on this model?

Jun 15, 2024 - 3:51:40 AM

2361 posts since 5/19/2018

I had one years ago. Very substantial and well made instrument. Probably better made than a contemporary Gibson banjo. My thought was to turn it into a five string, but never got around to it and it wound up going off somewhere in a trade. A decade or so later, I wound up with a really nice Maybelle Recording Songster banjo that was already converted to a five string back in the 1950’s. Still have it. Great instrument.

If I was you, you might want to do one last conversion of an instrument just for the heck of it and make one more five string. That Night Hawk would make a great all around instrument for many different styles. If not, put it together, string it up and list it here for 400-500.

Jun 15, 2024 - 8:32:47 AM

5608 posts since 3/22/2008

Some trivia to maybe consider. There were two Nite Hawk banjos. The first was "Slingerland's Nite Hawk" that came out about June 1927 and lasted to about 1930. The second Nite Hawk was May Bell Style 428 "Recording Nite Hawk" that came out in 1930 and was available apparently into the early 1940's according to Slingerland's advertisements and catalogs. They were both essentially walnut banjos and I have no idea about their tone rings - same or different?? Some "Recording" had a plug-in connector on the back of the resonator. I think the "Slingerland's Nite Hawk" is more scarce than the "Recording Nite Hawk" but in today's tenor banjo environment it may be that no one cares except for a few old guys.  Edit - meant to put the Slingerland's Nite Hawk pictures first (3-pics) and the Recording Nite Hawk second (2 pics) but I was lucking to just get them all attached.

Edited by - beezaboy on 06/15/2024 08:39:09

Jun 17, 2024 - 12:09:35 AM

2686 posts since 3/2/2008

I did do a 5 string conversion on one many years ago and sold it and wish I had it now . When I sold it I didn’t know much about it and built a bluegrass neck for it . Sounded great but then it was all about Gibson if you wanted a bluegrasses banjo . I think now it might get at least a look see . I was amazed how loud and brite it was . I also sold another complete plectrum model to a collector who received it with a cracked neck from shipping . When I offered him a Refund he liked it so much he refused and had it repaired at his expense . The tone ring on all of them was the Sam as this one a heavy brass b.

Jun 19, 2024 - 1:38:26 AM

2686 posts since 3/2/2008

I have the slingerland mite hawk model . And I just found a video on YouTube of a 5string conversion being played bluegrass and claw hammer style . It sounds very much like an arch top Gibson master tone which shocked me . I did a search of 5 string slingerland nitehawk banjo on you tube and there it was . Maybe someone could check it out and comment ? I believe that video is the reason I bought the other nite hawks years ago. Sorry for the rambling on , still not sure what to do with it . I’ll give it a rest now. Thanks for the interest Gary

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