Unlabeled Dobson-Style Openback Banjo c.1890’s


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A great playing and sounding openback banjo! It has a lot of Dobson style features, so they definitely could have been it’s builder. Lange is another potential builder of it. 1890’s thru the early 1900’s is our guess on when it was made. We heat pressed the neck, set it up and gave it fresh strings. The mylar head is obviously not original. The tension hooks and nuts are a combination of original and non-original parts, inside and inside the rim.  The tuners likely have been changed. There is wear/tarnish/pitting to the metal parts. The fingerboard has some typical small splits in the wood, but they don’t affect play. There is an inlaid monogram in the scoop area, “CO?” We aren’t sure if that’s a company name, owner’s etc. This is a great banjo with the classic tone and playability you are looking for. Overall, this banjo is in very good condition and comes with a gigbag.

  • US made, circa late 1800’s/early 1900’s
  • 25 1/2″ scale length
  • 1 5/16″ nut width
  • 38 tension hooks
  • Remo head
  • Gig bag


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