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Jun 15, 2024 - 10:56:18 PM

EWS

USA

6 posts since 6/15/2024

Greetings everyone. I would like to know if anyone could ID this  banjo that was gifted to me. Thanks in advance.


Edited by - EWS on 06/16/2024 11:38:22

Jun 16, 2024 - 9:14:19 AM
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5855 posts since 5/29/2011

It looks like a homemade neck with a peghead patterned after a Paramount and various Gibson inlays.

Jun 16, 2024 - 11:27:46 AM

EWS

USA

6 posts since 6/15/2024

Thanks for the reply. I thought it was homemade as well. Plays pretty nice. Needs a good cleaning. I added a couple of pics.

Jun 16, 2024 - 12:27:36 PM
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824 posts since 5/29/2015

Oettinger style tailpiece
The flange looks like Ode, but not my area of expertise.
Peavey attached their truss rod covers on their USA electric guitars with one screw like that.
The maker's name may have started with an "F." ;-)

Jun 17, 2024 - 11:58:26 AM
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2486 posts since 2/9/2007

I agree that it's a homemade neck.
Can't tell about the pot from what I see in those photos, though my first guess would be an early (~1970's) Japanese one-piece cast rim/flange assembly.
Take off the resonator and shoot some closeups of the rim from the side and back.

Edited by - Dan Gellert on 06/17/2024 11:59:32

Jun 18, 2024 - 3:34:27 PM

EWS

USA

6 posts since 6/15/2024

Hopefully these pics come through ok. Thanks for looking!


Edited by - EWS on 06/18/2024 15:37:18

Jun 18, 2024 - 3:57:59 PM

EWS

USA

6 posts since 6/15/2024

a couple more..


Jun 18, 2024 - 8:05:17 PM
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69 posts since 5/28/2010

Don't know anything about the banjo or its origins, but I'd recommend installing a coordinator rod.

Banjos typically have either a coordinator rod (sometimes two) or a dowel stick running from the neck to the tailpiece bracket. This add structural strength to the whole assembly, helps to stabilize where neck and pot join together, and helps keep the pot "in round."

Right now the neck is being held to the pot with just two bolts, which places a lot of pressure (torque displacement) on that area. With so little integral strength the pot will have a tendency to flex under string pressure which may make it hard to keep in tune.

With any luck, the coordinator rod should attach to one of the already existing bolts.

If you do a Google search for "banjo coordinator rod," you'll find plenty of examples.

Good luck!

Glenn

Edited by - wileypickett on 06/18/2024 20:18:48

Jul 5, 2024 - 10:50:43 AM

EWS

USA

6 posts since 6/15/2024

Thank you Glenn and everyone. Sorry for the slow reply. I thought something was missing or didn't look right. I will look into this and see what I can find that may fit. I appreciate the all of the input!!

Jul 5, 2024 - 12:19:34 PM
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1089 posts since 2/17/2005

This looks to me like a 1970s Baldwin pot - the rim and flange definitely are, the resonator is harder to tell.
The neck is homemade in the Gibson wreath vein...

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