In need of TLC this Fairbanks & Cole openback banjo has a metal-clad wood rim, 18 fret ebony fretboard neck. It has 30 brackets, tailpiece appears to be original. Violin peg tuners. Missing some of the inlays. Would be a gem for those who have the skills to bring back to life. Head would need to be replaced.
Metal-clad wood rim
18 fret ebony fretboard
Violin peg tuners
Dowel stick reads "(FAIRBANKS & COLE, MAKERS, BOSTON, MASS)"
Serial number stamped on rim #8484 and research indicates a build in 1888....please verify.
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