I just won this one on Ebay and am curious as to who made it.  My initial thoughts were that it could be one of the Weaver banjos made by Sydney Young with leftover Weaver parts after 1937.  It's got an 11.5'' head, 2.5'' deep rim, and much of the pot looks like late Weaver hardware (especially the tension hoop).  The rim doesn't look to be oak, however.  Jimmy Edwards made his own design of plectrum banjos similar to a zither banjo (there's one on Ebay if you're curious), but I've never seen a regular 5-string banjo with his stamp on it.  The neck stamp is located on the heel like those on Weaver banjos made for other companies, and the font looks similar or not the same.


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Have you never seen a five-string banjo nut  slotted for wire strings?  If a banjo-mandolin has a plectrum holder does that make it a Plectrum Banjo?  

John Cohen said:

Well, the Jimmy Edwards 5-string has a plectrum holder built in and judging by the nut it is slotted only for wire strings.

I was joshing  :-))

I know

But it is still time for a beer!

If beer is poured into an eggcup has the beer become an egg?  The fact that it has not is evidence of the little  point I'm trying to make.

We play classic banjo that was also known as "guitar style."

Today, most guitarists play using a plectrum (a tool that was for many years called a "mandolin plectrum").

Should the definition of "guitar style" be changed to the default of using a mandolin plectrum?

Then there is the Hawaiian Guitar that is now called by the trademark "Dobro."  The tools invented to play that style of guitar were called "Hawaiian guitar picks."  These are now called "finger picks."

When these are applied to the wire strung banjo (formally wire strings were used when playing with a mandolin plectrum) using a technique similar to the way one uses them to play the Hawaiian Guitar (aka "Dobro") it is now called "Scruggs Style," or defaults to "Bluegrass banjo."

The technique of "Hawaiian Guitar Style Banjo" is used to play many different types of music other than Bluegrass.

The name Classical Banjo is often confused with Classic Banjo but usually refers to playing Hawaiian Guitar Style on a wire string banjo using Bluegrass Banjo technique.

This should not be confused with "Classical Guitar" that uses fingernails on nylon strings, though there are a few of the remaining Classic Banjoists who apply their history and skills of Classical Guitar to the banjo, playing with finger nails on nylon strings.

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