Riley-Baker Patent Zither Banjo

  • Very Good Condition
  • Year: 1897
  • Includes Original Hard Shell Case


This peculiar banjo was made in England right before the turn of the century. The Riley-Baker company patented their "Perfected" Banjo in 1896. The banjo is made entirely out of aluminum with an ebony fingerboard screwed onto the neck. This is a Zither banjo, so it is strung up as such, having the 1st, 2nd and 5th string being plain steel while the 3rd and 4th are nylon and wound silk. The plain steel strings are light gauge and feel like nylon. The all aluminum body is in great shape with ornate engravings and stamps across the instrument. There is a small crack in the back of the neck towards the headstock which has been repaired. The tuners work perfectly and the instrument sounds great! Included is the original chipboard case.


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