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Five-String Fretless Banjo

  • Five-String Fretless Banjo
  • 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 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