Cubley Openback Banjo (1880's)

$500
sku: 60U-198412
An interesting item from the late 19th century, this Cubley Openback Banjo has a metal clad wooden rim and a mahogany neck with a distinct Cubley headstock shape. Other features include a 15-fret rosewood rim, an ~11” skin head, and violin tuning pegs. This instrument needs some work to get back into playing shape (sold AS-IS, see Details section below), but overall it’s in very good/excellent condition.

Only 1 piece in stock!


  • Mahogany neck with distinct Cubley headstock shape and wooden dowel stick
  • 15-fret rosewood fingerboard (no markers)
  • Metal clad wood rim
  • Wood part of rim is black
  • 16 brackets (one missing) with original bent hooks and "Globe" shoes (the hooks use a flathead screwdriver to tighten them)
  • ~11" skin head
  • Violin tuning pegs
  • ~25-7/8" scale
  • 1-7/16" nut
  • Built by E.J. Cubley in Chicago
  • Rectangular guitar hardshell case
  • VG-EC except could use work (dowel stick reset, repair or replace tailpiece, restring with nylon strings, set up, etc. - sold AS-IS)

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