Fairbanks/Vega Tu-Ba-Phone # 3 Model 5 String Banjo (1923), made in Boston, Mass., serial # 52317, shaded maple finish, laminated maple neck rim and resonator, ebony fingerboard, original black hard shell case.
Overall length is 37 1/4 in. (94.6 cm.), 11 in. (27.9 cm.) diameter head, and 3 in. (7.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 27 in. (686 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.). Lovely original condition, including a period Vega spin-on slimline resonator and an older skin head. All original finish and hardware, including friction tuners and a rare complete Kersher "Unique" tailpiece. Newer bridge, 5th string nut and railroad spikes added at frets 7,8,9 and 10. A superb old-time banjo, with a truly spectacular sound, complete with a wonderful original hardshell case. Excellent Condition.