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Smithsonian Institution Collections

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 is made by an unknown maker in North Carolina around 1875-1925. The instrument has a wooden neck and rim. Fragments of an untanned skin (possibly groundhog) head are still nailed to the rim. Although in derelict condition when acquired by the Smithsonian, the deep grooves worn into the fretless neck attest to the many hours of music this instrument gave to its owner.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1875-1899
Measurements
overall: 32 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 82.55 cm x 26.035 cm x 6.35 cm
Object Type
banjo