Weymann Keystone State Guitar Banjo (1915)

Weymann  Keystone State Guitar Banjo  (1915)
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Item # 11807
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Weymann Keystone State Model Guitar Banjo (1915), made in Philadelphia, PA, natural varnish finish, laminated maple rim and neck, ebony fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

Weymann instruments were always of very high quality, and this simple but lovely Guitar banjo is no exception. It is of fairly plain but very solid construction with an openback maple rim and very basic tone ring. The laminated maple neck is built with a substantial V-profile and a heavy dot-inlaid ebony fingerboard. One interesting feature is the patented Weymann adjustable neck brace, which actually works well within limits. The slotted headstock is fitted with guitar-style strip tuners, the finish is natural maple overall. This is a cool banjo-guitar with a good sound, now well over 100 years old and still playing fine.
Overall length is 35 1/2 in. (90.2 cm.), 12 in. (30.5 cm.) diameter head, and 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 1/4 in. (616 mm.). Width of nut is 1 7/8 in. (48 mm.).

This banjo has some general wear overall but really is pretty well preserved instrument for its age, now well over 100 years along. It retains an all original finish with some areas rubbed down to the wood on the back of the neck and capo dents along the spine. The rim has some light finish loss, mostly chipping around the bottom edge and some shoes. The fragile "Weymann Keystone State" decal on the back of the headstock is mostly intact.

The banjo is fitted with mostly original hardware including the hooks & nuts, strip tuners and the unique Weymann neck adjusting brace. The exceptions are a modern tailpiece and armrest. It is currently fitted out with a plastic head and a recent ridge. This is a simple but very good sounding, high-quality banjo guitar; a fine player complete with a nice modern HSC. Excellent - Condition.