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Ca. 1895 Jas. Morrison 5 string banjo

Price: $1,195.00 USD

Ca. 1895 Jas. Morrison 5 string banjo, #142. 12 1/4” rim, 28” scale. "Jas. A. Morrison / PAT. SEPT 26 '82 / NY" is stamped on the back of the headstock, dowel stick and twice inside the rim, made by Buckbee to Morrison's specifications. The maple rim also is stamped 3, with the number 142 (possibly a serial number?) stamped on the back of the mahogany dowel stick. Mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay having fancy African snail pearl inlays including crescent moon with star and mirrored crown pearl to 1st fret and headstock. The neck has an interesting carve behind the 5th string tuner and a Coles style rounded “boat” heel. The full spun over rim is set up with a nice skin head. Original ebony friction tuners in the case with early 1:1 geared tuners with matching black buttons installed, original broken ebony tailpiece with pearl inlay in the case with replacement vintage no-knot tailpiece installed, comes in a roughly 30 year old hard case. A little playing wear to the back of the neck in the first position, otherwise very clean with the frets in great shape without any real wear at all. Nice slender, straight neck with good setup, the action at the last fret about 3/8” tall. It plays very well with a loud, ringing sound. Morrison is credited with offering the first banjo produced with a tone ring; the top of the rim has 15 brads nailed through the metal covering the rim and a raised spun over brass tone ring laid on top of them. Rare in this larger size, which may have been the top of the line. Thanks for looking, get in touch if you have any questions!


Interested? Contact Seller to arrange purchase


Shipping: Buyer pays shipping cost via UPS, probably about $75.

Posted By: davogden
United States, Keene, CA, 93531

Condition of Banjo: Used - Excellent Condition

Type: 5-String Openback, Brand: Morrison

Ad Status: Active, #87182, viewed 413 times


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