Fairbanks Electric No. 3 (1892)

$2,500
sku: 60U-207492
This wonderful and rare old Boston-made banjo has a mahogany neck with carved heel and ebony fretboard with nice engraved inlays, a metal clad rim, and Electric (Whyte Laydie) tone ring. Other features include a ~11-7/16" frosted top head and grooved tension hoop. It needs some work and is sold AS-IS (heat press neck, dowel stick reset, dress frets, replace 2 inlays etc.). This instrument is in very good-plus condition.   More Details...

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The following specs were provided by our repair and appraisal teams. For a more detailed description please call (517) 372-7880 
  • SN 2561
  • 1892
  • VGC+
  • Original brownish red finish on neck, rim and dowel stick
  • Mahogany neck with carved heel (neck has been shimmed)
  • V-shaped neck profile
  • 18-fret ebony fingerboard with fancy pearl engraved inlays
  • Peghead overlay features fancy pearl engraved inlays
  • Tuners are stamped "PAT. MAY 8, 88" with ivoroid buttons
  • Newer friction 5th string peg, 2 small repaired cracks by peg
  • 30 brackets (11 replaced hooks and nuts, 1 missing)
  • Grooved tension hoop
  • Electric (Whyte Laydie) tone ring
  • Elite tailpiece
  • 1-3/16" nut, ~26-5/8" scale
  • Dowel stick stamped "ELECTRIC" and "A.C. FAIRBANKS & CO. / ---- MAKERS ---- / BOSTON, MASS."
  • With 1950's Lifton HSC (green lining)
  • Great banjo with lots of potential but needs some work (heat press neck, dowel stick reset, replace two inlays, replace neck brace bearing,  fretwork etc. - sold AS-IS)