A. C. Fairbanks Whyte Laydie/Tubaphone No. 7

  • Excellent Condition
  • Year: 1903
  • Includes Hard Shell Case
  • Serial #: 22760


An astounding find, this is a pre-fire A.C. Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No. 7 circa 1903, that returned to the now Fairbanks-Vega factory around 1909 where it was upgraded with their new Tu-ba-phone tonering. The banjo incredibly has both Whyte Laydie and Tubaphone stamps, and an early iteration of the tonering with 40 holes. The result is an original pre-fire Tubaphone No. 7, a thing that never happened. The rim assembly measures 10-15/16" in diameter and has all original hardware including nice No Knot tailpiece; marquetry on the rim cap and tortoise binding; long ferrule; setup with a skin head. The neck has a 27" scale with fantastic larged carved heel, and spectacular flamed maple. Thin likely original frets with mild wear; equipped with gold plated pre-war planets with pearl buttons.


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