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Bacon Tenor Banjo

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National Museum of American History
This four-string tenor banjo was made by the Bacon Banjo Company, Inc. of Groton, Connecticut around 1932. It is a “B&D Senorita” model, serial #31245 with 24 brackets and a resonator. “Senorita” models were the lower priced, medium grade, banjos made by the company. There is a metal plate on the back of the resonator inscribed: “MADE BY [/] BACON BANJO CO. INC. [/] GROTON, CONN,” which is also stamped on the strut.

Fred J. Bacon started the company in 1920. Two years later, David L. Day left the Vega Company to join the Bacon Banjo Company. By 1940, the Bacon Banjo Company had been purchased by the Gretsch Company who continued to make Bacon and B&D banjos until the late 1960s.
Currently not on view
Bacon Banjo Co., Inc.
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Gift of Ivan T. Lorenzen
overall: 33 1/2 in x 13 in x 3 1/2 in; 85.09 cm x 33.02 cm x 8.89 cm
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