- Excellent + Condition
- Year: circa 1930s
- Includes Original Hard Shell Case
A true testament to the glamorous golden age of the tenor banjo, when the aesthetics of a banjo could be as advanced as its owner, when the banjo was the ultimate rhythmic and virtuoso instrument, and when the H. H. Slingerland Company of Chicago produced this one-of-a-kind custom built tenor banjo for their longtime endorser and ambassador S. R. Musmanno. A real stunner, the rim assembly features engraved gold-plated metal hardware nearly everywhere (tension-hoop, flange, skirt, hooks, nuts, shoes, tailpiece, mute), is equipped with a custom armrest featuring Slingerland's name reverse engraved, and Musmanno's cutout; exterior of rim features engraved pearl flowers; extremely fine marquetry (resembling embroidery) ornaments the outer edge of rim, and edge of resonator which impressively flaunts a rendering of the Goddess Diana on its back; gold-plated Silver Bell style tonering. The 22.5" scale neck was made from "ebonized" maple, features a finely carved roaring lion at the heel, pearl back strap with engraved pearl, finely engraved pearl fingerboard bound on either edge with embossed metal, gold-plated/embossed/engraved peghead overlay, lyre inlayed in pearl on reverse of peghead, and is equipped with gold-plated Planetary tuners w/ large pearl buttons. In excellent structural and cosmetic condition; no cracks or repairs, and only some light checking, surface scratching are present on the wooden components. Included in sale is original hard case w/ alligator skin exterior; in gold ink, the signature of S. R. Musmanno and "World's Fair, Chicago 1933" is present. 1-1/8" nut width
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