SS STEWART OPEN-BACK - c1889 - Sold


A piece of American banjo history, this SS Stewart is inscribed SS Stewart Philada PA in both the shell and the perchrod which is also inscribed with the Serial No. 4530.

Ebony fingerboard, pearl inlays, spunover rim, 30 brackets. 11 and 1/4" head. Pisgah tailpiece.
SS Stewart banjos have superb pedigree. This one has been lovingly restored to playable condition with geared tuning pegs, gold plated rim (replated original), and new gold-plated brackets/nuts by previous owner. A few knocks and dings evident, however, for its age (130 years!) is in great condition and plays like a dream. Bridge is a tad low for most clawhammer players. New 5/8" Ebony/Ivory bridge and original tailpiece supplied for new owner options.

In hard case, (not original) in fair to good condition. $990 AUD - Sold.

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