Unmarked Fretted Rochester Banjo

  • Excellent Condition
  • Year: 1870
  • Includes Original Hard Shell Case


Over the years, we've come to know this particular variety of post Civil war fretless banjos as "Rochester Banjos", as all known examples have Rochester provenance, most of them making their way through our doors as "walk-ins" having remained in the hands of local families for generations. Incredible rich/deep tonality, original wooden hard case..amazing for over 150 years of age. The large black painted rim assembly was made with shiplap construction, has an out-of-round 13.5" diameter, with simple "notch style" shoe, and simple hooks; tailpiece and bridge appear old. Aome surface stress separations present beneath some of the shoes. The redish stained neck was fretted to a 25" scale length with large pearl inlay; large fifth string pegbox with geared tuner and large pip; the peghead is remarkably small, and is slotted with original tuners buttons; some scratching and wear present on neck. Included in sale is the remarkably awesome wooden hard case.


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