A. C. Fairbanks Special Electric No. 5

  • N/A Condition
  • Year: circa 1890s
  • Includes Hard Shell Case
  • Serial #: 18159


Original, rare high grade banjo with full spun nickel silver rim with long two pointed shoes and cobra hooks; the interior of the rim is bound in ivoroid; the mahogany neck is carved at the heel in a double daisy style; the fingerboard and peghead are adorned with engraved mother of pearl in a pattern that eventually became the standard for high grade Vega banjos; the back of the peghead has the earliest version of the classic Gryphon inlay as well as a long multicolored backstrap lamination; the neck has been refinished and a few bits of pearl replaced, but basically this is an extremely fine banjo; equipped with Champion friction tuners and Repro No Knot. This Banjo is from the collection of Akira Tsumura and featured on page 134 of his book 1001 banjos.


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