This 5-string openback banjo ca. 1900 came to us as part of a large estate collection. We are not sure of the exact make - the Art-I-So name was used by several musical instrument firms, on several types of instruments in the early 1900s. Spun-over rim, brass/bronze lacquered. 40 round hooks, L-shoes, cherry neck, Remo Weatherking head. It appears that someone may have removed worn plating and lacquer-coated metal parts to prevent tarnishing. Chipboard case is included - slightly large for the banjo, but will be well-packed for shipping (we ship banjos with the bridge secured flat to the head).
Our senior luthier performed the following restoration & repairs:
- remove overcoating from fretboard, stain, and condition.
- Fabricate new bone nut
- Install bone 5th nut (replace screw)
- Install Gotoh chrome planetary tuners and geared 5th peg -- bush hole.
- Original tailpiece was replaced with no-knot replica (original's holes were too small to accommodate modern strings).
- Set up: replace neck attachment screws, touch up frets, clean/polish, restring, adjust, install no-knot tailpiece. Bridge - maple/ebony 5/8". Strung with D'Addario med set.
This banjo has a beautiful round, bright, very articulate sound. Thin, mobile, neck and subtle scoop make it perfect for clawhammer or frailing.