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Washburn Bluegrass Instruments => Post your thoughts on Banjos & Mandolins => Topic started by: hopita on October 24, 2014, 10:17:00 PM

Title: Washburn 4 string open back tenor banjo
Post by: hopita on October 24, 2014, 10:17:00 PM
Hello all. I recently inherited my Grandfather's banjo. It's a 4-string open back Washburn tenor banjo. I would love to find more info about it. The guys at my local guitar store said they guessed it was from the mid-30s or mid-40s. On the inside it says "4946 Washburn 5177"  --  I'm guessing one of those is the model number and the other is the serial number, though I don't know which is which. The bridge says "BACON" on it.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Title: Re: Washburn 4 string open back tenor banjo
Post by: keef on July 13, 2015, 09:50:31 AM
Hi - I hope I am not too late.

Style 5177 (Dansant) was made between 1925 and 1940. Based on the serial number (4966) I would guess that your banjo was made around 1925.