A. C. Fairbanks Electric

  • Excellent + Condition
  • Year: 1894
  • Includes Soft Shell Case
  • Serial #: 9905


In 1890, following a 10 year partnership, Boston-banjo makers Albert Fairbanks and William Cole parted ways, immediately igniting a competition between the two former partners. In that same year, Fairbanks debuted his "Electric" tonering which sought to improve the tone and sustain of the banjo by combining a scalloped metal tonering with the typical rolled hoop tonering of the day; Cole would go on to champion his "Eclipse" tonering in the years following, a major competitor of the Electric tonering. This banjo dates from 1894, and features Fairbanks' newly patented Electric tonering housed inside the original 12" diameter pot; original metal parts include grooved tension hoop, hooks and nuts (down to raw brass), neck adjustment, and end-bolt; original engraved tailpiece; metal rim has been shined. The mahogany neck has a 27" scale length, and fine pearl work; some finish wear on back of neck present, and on top of peghead.


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