This beautiful 5-string open-back banjo, ca. 1920 was recently acquired through a large estate sale of 60+ instruments. Although it bears no markings of the maker or brand, it is identical to the W. M. Lange-made Sears Supertone banjo.
23 round hooks, 6 of which have been swapped out with vintage replacements. 17 frets. 10.75" head. Scale measures 26". 2mm dots on the 3rd and 5th fret. Unplated spunover rim and mahogany neck. Weighs just 3.2 pounds!
Sweet and reasonably bright sound with a very comfortable neck. White plastic ivy inlay in veneer from 6th fret to rim -- a beautifully decorated bargain-priced vintage instrument that is in very good condition since it has been fully refurbished by our senior luthier!
Some of these repairs include:
-New fiberskyn head installed
-Fitted with new bone nut (33 mm)
-Newly installed 5th string tuner and vintage friction tuners with bushings
-New frets (1st through 5th)
-Full disassembly and polish
-Restrung and setup
-New ebony neck brace wedges
-New maple/ebony bridge (9/16")
-Swapped used tailpiece for better fit
There are some patches to the fretboard veneer and the rim plating is mostly gone.
Original vintage hard case included!