In 1880 Fairbanks joined with W.A. Cole, a well known Boston banjo performer
and music teacher, to form the Fairbanks & Cole company. While Cole was largely
involved in promotion of the company and its banjos, Fairbanks was primarily
responsible for the technical innovation.
We have here a wonderful Fairbanks and Cole Banjo/Guitar or 'Banjitar' as they are sometimes called circa 1880. This is a great piece of history and is quite rare. Has original hooks, screws and tuners. The round heel pre dates it to later when they began constructing "boat heels" and has a single screw neck attachment. The replica tailpiece was made from moose bone here at the shop. We believe it to have had a repro neck at some point in its history. It has a great warm tone and shines on old ragtime tunes. Comes with custom built coffin style case. An amazing relic from the past!
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