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Vintage Slingerland Maybell Recording Songster Banjo

Sold ! This banjo is no longer for sale (sold on 2008-10-09)
Price : US $651.00



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A real gem from the jazz age is this Slingerland Maybell Recording Songster tenor banjo.  When pearl grained celluloid plastic - known as pyralin - was a new and exotic material, many banjo manufacturers began using it as a decorative material on banjos.  Nowhere was this more evident than on the Maybell Recording Songster.  While many banjos such as the Gibson TB-11 and B&D Sultana had pyralin on their resonator backs, the Songster took the idea to the extreme with mint green pyralin covering the entire resonator and back of the neck as well.  While different, this model has become a perennial favorite among jazz age banjo collectors.  This example of the Maybell Recording Songster is in beautiful condition with no scratches, dings or damage of any kind.  In fact, it shows only the slightest signs of gentle use over the past 70 years.  A previous owner has engraved his name into the flange plate (but this is very subtle).  Unfortunately, the internal muting device accessory (which would have been controlled through the hole in the resonator back) had been removed and discarded years ago.  Also, the original tuning pegs have been replaced with smooth turning, modern planet style replacements.  The banjo is set up perfectly with a new head and strings and has marvelous tone and volume for a fairly inexpensive instrument.  The original hard shell case is also in excellent condition.  As a player or colle


Sold ! This banjo is sold (sold on 2008-10-09)



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