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For Sale: Cole's Eclipse 5000 with Doug Unger neck
This is an unusually fine collector and player banjo.
It's an 1890's Cole's Eclipse 5000 5-string banjo made by William A. Cole of Boston with a new neck with a radiused fretboard and extensive inlay work by Professor Doug Unger in about 2000.
I have owned it since 2002 and it has been carefully stored and played. Playability and sound are excellent. Doug told me it was one of his favorites. I will include a hand written note and some photos of his shop that he sent me.
A hard shell case is included.
Rim diameter: 10 3/8"
Scale: 26 5/8"
Hardware: original nickel plated brass
Head: Remo Fiberskyn, no logo also calf skin head
4 Tuners: Nickel Rickard Cyclone 10:1 ratio
5th String tuner: Nickel Pegheds 4:1 ratio
Neck: by Doug Unger
Fretboard: ebony with radius
Rim: 10 3/8" diameter by W. A. Cole with decorative mother of pearl purfling & inlay added by D. Unger
Bridge: handmade by D. Unger
Nut: carved bone
Tone ring: 3/16" brass rod resting on small pins in top of rim