5 String Banjo, made by Slingerland , c. 1925

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Item # 6374
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5 String Banjo, made by Slingerland, c. 1925, made in Chicago, natural lacquer finish, laminated maple neck and rim, ebonized fingerboard.

This is a very nicely made and fairly rare Slingerland-made 5-string banjo from the 1920's. In this period, tenor banjos were all the rage and Slingerland produced thousands of them, but produced relatively few 5 strings. With a maple rim, heavy hoop and sheathed tone ring this is a fairly substantial banjo with a professional feel compared to many similar instruments. Basically this is a very good grade if fairly generic 5-string from the 1920's, similar to a lower grade Vega like the Little Wonder and an excellent authentic period player for old time and string band styles.
 
Overall length is 36 in. (91.4 cm.), 11 in. (27.9 cm.) diameter head, and 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 26 in. (660 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.). Nicey preserved overall, no repairs except a few cracks and a small patched area on the rim bottom edge and a tiny spot of pushed-out wood on the side of the neck by the 5th string nut where the hole was drilled fractionally too far down. There is some tarnish to the plating and light wear overall, but nothing major. Recently set up with a skin head and new bridge, all else original except the 5th string tuner button. A very nice playing banjo, definitely a good bargain for the money, as it likely was when new! Excellent - Condition.