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Bay State 301 5-String Banjo ca. 1900 (used)

Regular price $ 860.00

 This turn-of-the-century 5-string banjo has been expertly and authentically restored to fine condition and playability by our senior luthier!

This banjo, which was crafted by John C. Haynes in Boston, has a spun-over rim with nickel plating in excellent condition with a heavy, stepped tension hoop; 20 round hooks and L-shoes; fine new calfskin head; Stewart-style nuts (3 replacements); and the original tailpiece.

The stout, gently peaked cherry neck has been restored and upgraded with a new ebony fretboard that will last a lifetime; abalone position markers; thin gauge frets; a bone nut and 5th-string nut; and a new ebony face plate and heel cap with French polish finish.

This instrument has also benefitted from new ebony neck brace wedges and period friction pegs with ivoroid grained knobs. Strung with British-made Clifford Essex natural gut strings.

There was an old crack in the back of the peghead that has also been repaired and stabilized. "Bay State model 301" is stamped across the strut (pictured).

Simple, but elegant -- this is a collectible example of an early production banjo! Weighs just 3.8 lbs.

Guaranteed 90 days for structural integrity and playability by luthier-owner.

There is no case included, but we do offer 10% discounts on an gig bag or case purchased with this instrument!