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For Sale: Extremely Rare~1929 Paramount Artcraft Tenor Banjo
This Paramount Artcraft Tenor Banjo represents the ultimate of the luthier’s art during the Golden Age of instrument manufacturing.
Eschewing the custom of the time where abalone shell and mother-of-pearl were the choice of makers for esthetic embellishments, Paramount designed this gorgeously decorated instrument with wood inlays and marquetry, using intricate designs that were the epitome of the woodworker’s art.
The fret board is the one place on the banjo where Paramount retained their pattern of abalone shell and mother-of-pearl fret markers with their, traditional pattern of inlays.
Starting at the peg head, we see multi-hued wood inlays in the shape of flowers.The rosewood resonator offers a myriad of eye enticing wood working featuring a vase overflowing with flowers and leaves. The vase is encircled in a wreath containing leaves and vines. A double band of marquetry decorates the side.
The metal parts are gold plated and include the Paramount locking tail piece and the unique plunger style mute near the end of the fret board.
All in all, in very good condition with a few marks and scratches that one would expect from a 90-year old banjo. The original Page tuning gears are here, although one has been replaced with a nickel plated version while the other three are gold plated.
An extremely rare find, we know of a dozen or so still existent throughout the world, and they are quickly disappearing into the hands of collectors.
$6500 with original zippered, “red blanket” case included.