Supertone Tenor Banjo, most likely made by Slingerland , c. 1925

Supertone Tenor Banjo, most likely made by Slingerland ,  c. 1925

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Supertone Model Tenor Banjo, most likely made by Slingerland, c. 1925, made in Chicago, serial # 446, natural finish, spunover rim, maple neck with ebonized fingerboard.
 
Overall length is 30 in. (76.2 cm.), 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) diameter head, and 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 21 in. (533 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/8 in. (29 mm.).

This little openback tenor carries a Supertone label indicating that it was originally sold by Sears, Roebuck & Co. from their mail order catalogs. It is typical of the inexpensive banjos made in large quantities in the 1920s, when it was the "go-to" instrument of the day. The spunover rim is basically unchanged from 1890s style. The tenor neck shows all the hallmarks of having been made by Slingerland in Chicago, the kings of budget banjos.

This instrument is in generally excellent condition overall with some light wear, set up with a modern head and later geared tuners but otherwise original. There is an old repair at the tail end of the dowel stick and a few random screw holes in the back of the headstock. Still a good beginner's or knock-around tenor banjo, better-sounding than one might expect and sure to be the hit of your jazz-age party. Very Good + Condition.