An early 1900's Philadelphia made SS Stewart Thoroughbred Special appointed with a stunning pianese heel carving, confetti headstock, diamond fret inlays. Newer pancake tuners, and no-knot reproduction tailpiece. Refinished neck and dowel stick, rim and tension hoop have been brought to a brushed finish. All original hardware, including neck bracket. 11" head, 1 5/32" nut width, a 26" scale. Neck slightly bowed, however banjo still plays and sounds.
Gibson F-5, signed by Lloyd Loar on July 9, 1923. Serial number 73725, does not have the "side binding" like Monroe's, which was signed on the same day, but it does have the killer tone we all expect from a July 9. The mandolin is well-played - understandably, considering its sound. In its original case (which is also well-used). $175,000hoto for Ad 86010