Stunning early 20th century (c1904) A.C. Fairbanks No. 7 Whyte Laydie banjo. It has a figured maple neck (elaborately carved) and a maple rim with banding of plastic in a tortoiseshell pattern and stringing of wood at lower edge in a herringbone pattern. Features lovely, intricate inlays on the fretboard and headstock. Whyte Laydie tone ring. The headstock is maple sandwiched between pieces of ebonized pearwood or maple. Planetary tuners of unknown make. Ebony fretboard with elegant inlays, 28 brackets, bone nut, 27" scale, 10-15/16" skin head. Engraved into nickel silver plate on perch pole: The A. C. FAIRBANKS Co. / MAKERS / BOSTON, MASS.; stamped on perch-pole: 22811 (serial number) WHYTE LAYDIE, No. 7.
At some point in its history, the neck was repaired. This included a maple insert about 1/2" wide starting at the base of the headstock and running 16" to the beginning of the heel carving. When we received it, we had the portion of this insert which ran into the original carving hand carved to match the original (see picture). There is some finish checking on the back headstock veneer (see picture). Fret wear is minimal.
This beautiful banjo had been professionally set up in our shop and plays very nicely. It is in very good condition considering its age; it typically sells for much more than we are listing it for. Our pricing reflects the maple neck insert--this certainly doesn't effect playability or sound but we realize it makes it less pristine and have priced it accordingly.
Ships with a hardshell case