- Museum number
Tenor-banjo, or short-necked 4-string plectrum banjo, the body of pale wood, with darker wood for the surface of the fingerboard and peghead. A metal frame secures the vellum cover of the sound box, with removable arm rest to the left (now separate), 18 metal frets, metals tailpiece, wood bridge, and bone tuning peg heads.
- Production date
Diameter: 32.50 centimetres (box)
Length: 81.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The tenor banjo developed in the early 20th century from the 4-string plectrum banjo by shortening the neck. It has 17-19 frets and is played with a plectrum. Banjos were originally 5-stringed (the 5th string was a drone); the drone string was eventually removed leaving 4 strings, usually with 22-26 frets and liong necks. The so-called tenor-banjo with shorter neck made playing easier. It was most popular in the 1920s and 1930s for jazz bands.
See also www.banjolin.co.uk
Weymann Bros began making banjos under the 'Keystone' trade name around 1900; the tenor and plectrum mlodels for which they are famous were introduced in late 1924.
- Not on display
- arm rest detached
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1972,As3/Eu1.15 (original Register no., in error)