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For Sale: Vintage Original J.A. Sloan

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J.A. Sloan began making fine quality banjos in his Chicago area workshop in 1959. His love for the instrument (he was a player and a luthier) and his commitment to producing fine tone led him to registering several banjo related patents during the 60's and 70's. Three of these blueprints can be found in the hard to find "The Tsumara Collection coffee table banjo reference book. This innovative craftsman actually developed a folding banjo (for traveling) that stayed in tune when the neck was unfolded! His original banjos from that era are almost impossible to find. They boasted the richest materials available for sight and sound. Decades later, J.A. Sloan's son Peter began creating a 2nd generation of Sloan banjos and they were made with the same love and perfection as the original models from the 60's. This banjo for your consideration is a first generation J.A.Sloan banjo. The patents suggest it was created in 1965. This is a very rare instrument in that in the pot of the banjo is a patented mechanism that can change the banjo from a flat head to an arched top with the turn of a knob. Two concentric metal rings push on the head of the banjo and can turn it from an 8 and 1/2" head to an 11" head. And it works! I have been using it for at least 20 years. The banjo itself has geared tuning pegs (photo 4) which work fine. There are 22 frets. The nut measures 1 and 3/16". There are 21 original brackets (shoes and hooks). The sleek neck is African ebony. The pot is 11 inches and made of hard maple with a rim of solid walnut. There is a beautiful inlaid marquetry band that is wide and multicolored (photo 6). There is the old style Vega brass arm rest (photo 8). Head of the banjo is a plastic Remo Weather King. There is a spike for the 5th string on the 7th fret. The back of the neck (photo 5) is tapered into a slight "V" shape for speed and it has a nice two tone inlay from the heel to the tip of the head stock (photo 7). Banjo comes with a colorful "hootenany" style cloth strap (photo 1), a well padded soft case and three diagrams of the patent for the mechanism that is in the pot that changes the head from flat to arched. Inside the pot the words "dual tone" and J.A. Sloan" are embossed (photo 8). There is a metal tone ring but I do not know what metal it is. When the "dual tone" mechanism is turned and the pot becomes 8 and 1/2", the sound is sharper and plunky and bluegrass sounding and when the mechanism is not engaged and the pot is the normal 11", the sound is mellow and folky or classical sounding. Please do research on the history of the J.A. Sloan banjo as it is a fascinating story. These banjos have always commanded top dollar because they are works of art, fascinating from a technical viewpoint, very rare and they sound terrific.




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Price: $2,000.00 USD

Shipping: 70.00

Posted By: drmuse

United States, Tualatin, OR, 97062

Condition of Banjo:
Used - Very Good Condition

Type: 5-String Openback

Brand: Sloan Banjos

Ad Status: Active, #63711

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