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Five-String Fretless Banjo

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Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History
Description
This banjo was made by an unknown maker in Bristol, Tennessee during the 19th century. The banjo has a commercial neck cut down and joined to a 4 bracket hoop of welded wrought iron, perhaps salvaged from an iron wagon wheel rim. Although now unplayable, the combination of a small diameter head and heavy rim would have produced a loud and clear tone.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1800-1899
Credit Line
Gift of Peck Daniel
Measurements
overall: 28 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in x 2 in; 72.39 cm x 16.51 cm x 5.08 cm
Object Type
banjo