Advert Description

FOR SALE
ZITHER- BANJO [poss. A. WILMHURST]
IN VERY GOOD CONDITION
-VELUM/NECK/BODY SOLID AND SOUND –
MAPLE NECK - EBONY INLAID FINGERBOARD -
ORIGINAL BONE TUNING PEGS - APPROX 100 YEARS OLD
THESE BANJOS ARE PRACTICALLY UNIQUE IN THAT THEY COMBINE THE STANDARD TUNING OPTIONS OF A ZB – WITH AN ADDITIONAL 5TH. FRET CUTAWAY ON THE NECK AS USED FOR THE DRONES ON FIVE STRING MODELS
THEY APPEAR TO
HAVE BEEN PIONEERED ONLY BY ARTHUR WILMHURST – SO I’M OF THE OPINION THAT THIS IS ONE OF HIS – ALTHOUGH THERE ARE NO OBVIOUS MARKINGS TO CONFIRM IDENTITY
THE ZITHER BANJO WEBSITE IS A GREAT SOURCE FOR INFORMATION IN GENERAL AND IT HAS PHOTOS OF THE ORIGINALS
WITHIN IT’S SECTION
MAKES + MODELS – GALLERY
PLEASE NOTE
ONE TUNING PEG IS BENT [BUT ALL OF THEM MOVE QUITE FREELY]
THERE IS NO PEG CURRENTLY FOR THE SHORT CUTAWAY STRING
“Arthur
Wilmshurst
- [1862 - 1946 ] well known as a maker of banjos---and particularly
specialised in his own zither-banjos.
He was the only maker of banjos to exhibit at the Earls Court Industrial Exhibition in 1894;
In addition, he made for other firms, e.g. Ebblewhite, Turner.etc.
His workshop was a small back room in his own house.”

Additional Information

Advert Type
Private Advert
Instrument
ZITHER BANJO
Condition
Second hand
Manufacturer
poss. A. WILMHURST
Model
ZITHER BANJO
Era
1900s

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