1898 Fairbanks Special Electric NO.5
This shop has seen its share of visually stunning instruments, from the hot pink Barbie guitar I procured at a South Elkins yard sale for fifty cents to the finest works of Boston's turn of the 20th century banjo makers. The latter definitely describes this rather rare and elegant instrument. It has a 10 3/4" spunover rim with an Electric tonering, cobra hooks, a skin head, and two point shoes. The rosewood neck has a multi-layered backstrap, a 27" scale ebony fingerboard, and a truly tasteful quantity of inlay. Presently, this instrument is set up with its original ivory? Tuning pegs and tailpiece, so it is strung up with nylgut strings. You could become one of the fancier members of your neighborhood classic banjo club, as this current setup would sound quite good for your version of "St. Louis Tickle" (definitely not my version of "St. Louis Tickle", which is as tragic as the ending and soundtrack to Titanic.) It also has a nice mellow pop that lends itself to clawhammer quite well. And in exchange for $6,000 it'll lend itself to making you look really classier than Sinatra drinking non-gas station wine. Includes a hardshell case.