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Five-String Fretless Banjo

  • Five-String Fretless Banjo
  • Five-String Fretless Banjo
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1848-1855
Credit Line
Gift of Frank E. Savale
Measurements
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
banjo