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Epiphone circa late 1920s - early 1930s Concert Recording Tenor Resonator Banjo - USED

$ 3,985.00

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This used circa late 1920s - early 1930s Epiphone Concert Recording Tenor Resonator Banjo is in very good condition and includes:

  • Circa late 1920s - early 1930s
  • Serial Number: 6877
  • Tenor
  • Pot: 11"
  • Neck: 2-piece Brazilian Rosewood with center strip
  • Coordinator Rod: Single
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Rim: Walnut
  • Tone Ring: Archtop
  • Carved Neck Heel - Floral Pattern
  • Engraved, Gold Plated Hardware
  • Pearloid Peghead Veneer
  • Pearl Tuner Buttons
  • Inlay: Mother of Pearl on fingerboard and headstock
  • Resonator, Side: Indian Rosewood
  • Gold plating
  • Original case

The neck is straight and the action is good on this banjo.

Epiphone's "Recording" series banjos were their most highly regarded banjos and designed with the professional player in mind, and the "Concert" model was the mid-line model in the Recording series.

pearloid, sparkling Pyralin and engraving

all the trademarks of a high-end banjo. The neck was made of Brazilian rosewood with a 3-layer center lamination for stiffness, and the heel was carved with a floral pattern. Like the rest of the Recording series, the rim was made of walnut (a material uniquely favored by Epiphone in the ’20s and ’30s). The hardware was all plated in gold. The Concert Special was structurally similar but featured a holly neck and lighter-colored pyralin veneers to match. Both listed for $300, though the price was up to $330 by the early 1930s. Minor cosmetic changes occurred often to both models, and it appears that Epiphone regarded catalog specifications more like suggestions than hard and fast rules. My banjo is largely typical of Concerts made at the time but is slightly unusual in having an un-engraved flange.

Like all the Recording series, the Concert had an archtop tone ring. By narrowing the vibrating surface of the head, this style of construction produces a bright sound that may be relatively light on bass but can cut through a band with ease. By retaining a full-size rim and resonator, the banjo maintains considerable volume. The Epiphone catalog also emphasized the single-piece flange whose L-shaped cross section was intended to stiffen and support the rim. The catalog also noted the bar of “specially tempered surgical steel” that acted as a non-adjustable truss rod, an unusual feature at the time.

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