This is a rare original Fairbanks fretless 5 string with thin strips of ivory or metal inlaid into the fingerboard to create a smooth “fretboard.” Serial number #19842 matches on the rim and dowel and puts its manufacture around the year 1900. 10 15/16” rim, 26” scale, still retains its original calfskin head (or is at least a nice old skin head), original Fairbanks Regent rolled metal tone ring similar to the Vega Little Wonder. Very nice clean, original condition, the neck showing very little wear (a little discoloration on the back of the neck in the first position). All original rim hardware (except tailpiece), original 1:1 mechanical tuners, original metal Fairbanks badge on the dowl stick. The original headstock overlay has a couple of fissures but is in nice shape otherwise. The inlays include 2 engraved diamonds, the rest (dots, teardrops, etc) unengraved. Set up with nylguts, a non-original no-knot tailpiece and a 1/2” Grover bridge, plays great. Neck recently rebound in holly wood by luthier Ed Claxton to match the original celluloid binding that was disintegrating and wasn’t repairable. New Superior hard case. This is a very nice playing fretless, and certainly an unusual Fairbanks model. Thanks for looking, just shoot me an email if you have any questions.