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1930 Epiphone Recording A Vintage Plectrum Banjo w/ Case


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Up for sale, a circa 1930 Epiphone Recording A plectrum banjo in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This early Epiphone plectrum banjo dates to either ‘30 or ‘31, based on its serialization and feature set, and was part of the premium Recording Series.

The neck and resonator are crafted from solid walnut (neck is reinforced with steel), and features include a rolled brass tone ring with pillar reinforcement, solid brass “X” flange, archtop head, and clamshell tailpiece. This Recording A plectrum banjo kicks like a mule, with ample natural projection and warmth, balanced by the glassy articulation of the Gabon ebony fretboard, which ensures crisp and immediate trebles. This banjo weighs 11lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-32 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Walnut, steel reinforcement, holly/ebony purfling and center line
-Shape: Deep V, measuring .915” 1st fret, 1.010” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Gabon ebony, notched diamond inlay
-Frets: Slender, light wear on frets 1-9
-Scale Length: 27”
-Nut: 1 1/8”, bone
-Headstock: Ornate pearl inlay, small triangle added by previous owner
-Tuners: Vintage-accurate reproductions
-Serialization: Four-digit, stamped into bottom of flange

Body Specs:

-Resonator: Walnut, holly/ebony purfling
-Flange: “X”-stamped, brass
-Tone Ring: Rolled brass, pillar reinforcement
-Hardware: replacement Grover bridge, original Grover-made Epiphone script logo spring-loaded clamshell tailpiece (spring has great tension, bridge screw is a replacement), modern Remo head

The gloss lacquer finish exhibits a few sparse lines of deep, prominent checking on the instrument as a whole, mostly on the headstock and neck, and cosmetic wear is limited to a scant few tiny chips and marks on the resonator (largely restricted to the edges). The neck profile retains its smooth gloss lacquer, save for an area central to the carve behind frets 9-12 that has been buffed smooth (imperceptible to the palm). Additionally, there is one small doweled hole on the bass side of the heel where a strap button was previously installed.

The original black tolex hardshell case with bright green interior is included: the original handle is intact, and all of the latches are functional.