Kay K-75 5 String Banjo , c. 1967

Kay  K-75 5 String Banjo ,  c. 1967

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Kay K-75 Model 5 String Banjo, c. 1967, made in Chicago, red/black sunburst finish, composite rim, maple resonator and neck with rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.
 
Overall length is 38 in. (96.5 cm.), 11 in. (27.9 cm.) diameter head, and 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 27 in. (686 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/8 in. (29 mm.).

This is about as cheap as even Kay made a banjo, the K-75 being the resonator version of the bottom-of-the-line openback model. The construction and workmanship are pretty basic with a molded composite rim, a stenciled headstock, and the simplest possible hardware. Even so, it does have a metal tone ring and sounds surprisingly great, beating out its rival Bakelite-rim Harmony and many modern low-price banjos handily.

About the best super-lo-budget banjo there was; all original (even the head and bridge), except somebody put a geared 5th string peg on back in the '70s or '80s, so the 5th string actually tunes properly. Apart from some odd wear to the finish on the resonator back (possible spatter from a fire), the banjo is otherwise fairly clean, plays well, and still lives in its original chipboard case. Overall Very Good + Condition.