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Five-String Fretless Banjo

  • Five-String Fretless Banjo
  • Five-String Fretless Banjo
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History
This banjo was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1848-1855. It is a five-string banjo with a walnut or mahogany hoop, twelve brackets, rosewood neck, friction pegs, and an early style machine peg for the 5th string.
Currently not on view
Date Made
Credit Line
Gift of Frank E. Savale
overall: 36 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in x 3 in; 92.71 cm x 31.75 cm x 7.62 cm
Object Type