Bacon & Day Silverbell #2 Tenor Banjo - 1924 Silver Bell

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While we don't necessarily seek them out, some cool banjos do find their way to us, like this beautiful Bacon Silverbell did during a recent guitar show.

This example of the Silver Bell shows beautiful neck carving and a highly flamed resonator.  The instrument is in great shape, especially when considering that it is nearly 100 years old. 

I assume that the frets must have been changed at some point because the banjo has been played, however it was well cared for.  The tailpiece is changed to a Paramount 5 string unit, which works quite well.  This appears to be the only hardware change.  It will need a new set of strings - the set on the banjo is not in great shape.

The neck plays very well with no issues.  There are no cracks or nasty repairs.  It is a very serviceable instrument that will serve you well for another 100 years.

Original case included. 

  • Weight: 8lb 2.9oz
  • Top: Replaced Head
  • Body: Mahogany Pot, Maple Back
  • Neck: Hand Carved Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl
  • Frets: Original
  • Fret count: 19
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Nut width: 1 1/16"
  • Scale: 22 7/8"
  • Radius: Flat
  • Overall length: 33"
  • Body depth: 4"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: .92"
  • Neck thickness at 7th fret: 1.4"
  • Action 1st String at 7th Fret: .050"
  • Action 7th String at 7th Fret: .060"
  • String gauge: Tenor Banjo, will need new strings!!
  • Hardware: Original, except replaced Tailpiece
  • Tuners: Original
  • Case: OHSC
  • Notes: 

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