Monday, October 22, 2018

Inventory   


Enter keyword(s) below
to search entire inventor
y

Include Sold Items


New York String Service Musurgia.com
87 Luquer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Mon - Fri 12noon - 7pm
Sat 12noon - 6pm

718 237 4040

Contact Us


Pay online securely with  

paypal@musurgia.com    


Bacon Professional FF 5 String Banjo (1907)

Bacon  Professional FF 5 String Banjo  (1907)

Bacon Professional FF Model 5 String Banjo (1907), made in Boston, Mass., serial # 106, mahogany stain finish, maple rim, mahogany neck with ebonized fingerboard, black chipboard case.

This lovely banjo one of the earliest Bacon-branded instruments ever made, dating to the first year or so of Fred Bacon's company's beginnings. Bacon banjos from this era are relatively rare, as they were essentially a private brand and Bacon had just begun his instrument marketing efforts. Although marked "Hartford CT" and stamped with serial # 106 this instrument was built for Bacon by Vega in Boston in 1907; there was no Bacon factory in this period. This is not a fancy style, with a plain maple rim and mahogany neck with only small shaped pearl inlay in the bound fingerboard and a pearl star in the headstock but like all Bacon and Vega banjos is built to the highest quality standards. Plainly ornamented but very finely made, this is also just a very good sounding 5-string with the unique Bacon internal resonator system.
 
Overall length is 36 in. (91.4 cm.), 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm.) diameter head, and 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 26 in. (660 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.). This banjo has a decent amount of wear overall but remains a very good player. There is a lot of wear to the back of the neck-it looks like some some of capo was used that left small round indents up to around the 8th fret region, along with some general finish wear and scrapes to the wood. The 5th string tuner is an unusual later fitting with two flanged screws securing it, and the wood was dressed away a bit on the side of the neck to fit it. The other tuners, tailpiece and 21 of the hooks are original; the remainder of the hooks are older Slingerland-style cobra-head pieces. The frets remain lin excellent shape with surprisingly little wear and overall this banjo is very functional, with a cool if worn-in vibe and the fairly bright sound typical of the Bacon FF. Excellent - Condition.

Item # 6818
 
This item has been sold.


 
Click on a thumbnail above for a detailed view.
 

All text and photographs © 2003 New York String Service
and may not be reproduced without permission.


Retrofret Online Retrofret Online!
Visit our companion site, Retrofret.com, dedicated to vintage guitars and fretted instruments.

The Musical Eye The Musical Eye
Our selection of historical musically themed images.

Audio Samples
Audio Samples

Link to instruments with audio samples.

Recent Sales
Recent Sales

View some of our recently sold items.

New York String Service | 87 Luquer Street | Brooklyn, New York, 11231 USA
718 237 4040 Voice | 718 237 6092 Fax | contact us
© 2003 New York String Service - All rights reserved