Glenn Nelson flush fret 5 string open back banjo

A banjo made by Luthier Glenn, of Mockingbird Music, is up for trade or sale. This five string banjo was purchased from an Edwardsville, IL seller and I tracked down the maker based on the signature of the dowel stick. It’s probably a custom neck made for an 11 inch Birdseye maple pot. According to Mr. Nelson, the neck is cocobolo with maple maple details (end fingerboard/heel cap, tailpiece). It is serial number #7732B, which is approximately. 2010. It has peghead tuners and is strung using gut strings. Custom tailpiece. It is a beautiful banjo with a loud, bright sound. However, it doesn’t get used as often as my other instruments. As the fourth string is tarnished, it could be replaced. There was also a slight dip at the 1st fret/4th strings (not sure if this was due to a chip, or natural inconsistency of the wood grain). See the detailed image. It doesn’t affect playability. Mr. Nelson valued the building at $1800-2500.

Trades: I could also add PP, but am looking for a wood rim early ode or hurtle build, SS Stewart American Princess or other models. I prefer antique models and open backs.


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    Teddy Grinder

    11/12/2021 at 10:32

    One of the finest banjo among the others. You shared very useful information. Thank you!

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