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Slingerland Concertone Tenor Banjo (c. 1925)


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Scale Length: 20.88"
Nut Width: 1.25"
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Peghead Overlay: Ebony
Peghead Inlay: Slingerland S with lyre in mother-of-pearl
Fret Markers: 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15
Nut Material: Bone
Tuners: Nickel planetary with pearloid tuners
Finish: Matte
Rim Size: 11"
Rim Wood: Walnut
Tonering: Slingerland Dobson-style
Brackets: 20
Tailpiece: Grover nickel Presto
Head: Renaissance
Armrest: None
Case: Period hard-shell case
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While Slingerland are today best known as a manufacturer of drums, at one time they were one of the largest banjo manufacturers in America. That era, primarily during the Depression years, also coincided with the heyday of the tenor banjo, so many of the nicest Slingerlands that have survived into the present day are four-string banjos. This one, which has been beautifully hand-restored by Chuck Ogsbury from Ome Banjo Company, is a lovely relic from the past that we feel lucky to have in our store. A handsome mahogany neck pairs with a warm-sounding walnut pot for a bit more warmth in the sound than one gets from an all maple banjo. On the interior is a huge Dobson-style tone ring, adding extra volume and a long sustain to this already great-sounding instrument. But best of all are the lovingly restored mother-of-pearl inlays on the fretboard and headstock, and the wood inlay around the exterior of the pot. Among tenor banjos, there are few that have anywhere near the cool factor of this neat old Slingerland Concertone. Included in the price is a period-correct hard-shell case.

*Photos from our inventory, actual grain patterns may vary Slightly. Contact us for details.