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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 
  • Neat and unusual banjo by Oliver Chase of Boston, MA
  • SN 2 12 108
  • c. 1882 - 1888
  • VGC+  * (see below)
  • Light brown stain on mahogany neck with nicely carved heel
  • Mahogany dowel stick
  • Neck has been shimmed
  • Interesting headstock shape
  • Headstock overlay features a scribed design
  • Newer mechanical friction pegs
  • 18-fret ebony fingerboard, brass overlay after last fret
  • Tiny doweled holes on fingerboard edge starting at 6th fret
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Unique all metal rim with rolled back
  • ~12-1/2" skin head, 54 brackets, Elite tailpiece
  • Metal tension hoop with fluted edges
  • 1-3/8" nut, ~29-3/4" scale
  • Banjo would have had gut strings originally and we would suggest restringing with gut or synthetic strings. Currently has steel strings.
  • *VGC+ except needs heat press to straighten neck, consider perhaps a dowel stick reset, restring and setup, etc. - sold AS-IS)
  • Very interesting banjo from the "Golden Age" of banjo manufacturing!

O.R. Chase "Apollo" Banjo (1882-1888)

International Fees
AS-IS

SKU: 60U-209521

Regular price
$900.00 USD
Regular price
Sale price
$900.00 USD
Unusual and well made banjo built in Boston during the "Golden Age" of banjo manufacturing, this Oliver Chase banjo features ~12-1/2" diameter skin head on an all-metal nickel plated rim (see photos) with 54 brackets. The mahogany neck features a nicely carved heal, ebony fretboard with 18 frets, ~29-3/4" scale, pearl dot inlays, later mechanical friction pegs, and a scribed design on the headstock.  The banjo would have originally had gut strings, and the neck has a concave warp (we suggest re-stringing with synthetic or gut strings.  Elite tailpiece. VGC+ except sold AS-IS, this banjo could use a heat press to help straighten the neck, install synthetic or gut strings, consider perhaps a dowel stick reset, remove shim where neck meets body, etc.  There is a brass overlay added after the last fret.  Despite the all metal rim, the sound is surprisingly good, at this time. With gigbag.
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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 
  • Neat and unusual banjo by Oliver Chase of Boston, MA
  • SN 2 12 108
  • c. 1882 - 1888
  • VGC+  * (see below)
  • Light brown stain on mahogany neck with nicely carved heel
  • Mahogany dowel stick
  • Neck has been shimmed
  • Interesting headstock shape
  • Headstock overlay features a scribed design
  • Newer mechanical friction pegs
  • 18-fret ebony fingerboard, brass overlay after last fret
  • Tiny doweled holes on fingerboard edge starting at 6th fret
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Unique all metal rim with rolled back
  • ~12-1/2" skin head, 54 brackets, Elite tailpiece
  • Metal tension hoop with fluted edges
  • 1-3/8" nut, ~29-3/4" scale
  • Banjo would have had gut strings originally and we would suggest restringing with gut or synthetic strings. Currently has steel strings.
  • *VGC+ except needs heat press to straighten neck, consider perhaps a dowel stick reset, restring and setup, etc. - sold AS-IS)
  • Very interesting banjo from the "Golden Age" of banjo manufacturing!