Retrofret Stock # 4259. Orpheum Style 1 Model Guitar Banjo, c. 1918, made in New York City, serial # 4460, natural varnish finish, laminated maple rim and neck. A very interesting rarity from New York's Rettberg and Lange, an Orpheum #1 openback banjo-guitar with a full 14" rim. Fancy shaped pearl inlay on the headstock and fingerboard, multiple wood laminations, and curly maple everywhere -- a fancy instrument by any standard and quite unusual in this 6-string format. Typical Orpheum raised tone ring; the precursor of the Paramount system. This is one of the few extant guitar banjos with a similar sound to the Gibson style GB, famous as Papa Charlie Jackson's favorite instrument.Overall length is 36 3/4 in. (93.3 cm.), 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm.) diameter head, and 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). Nicely preserved, skin head, period style guitar tailpiece. Plays very well. Overall Excellent Condition.

Retrofret Vintage Guitars

Retrofret Vintage Guitars

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Retrofret Vintage Guitars
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Retrofret has been shipping instruments throughout the USA and worldwide for nearly 20 years. We have yet to experience a single instance of damage (...I hope this doesn't jinx our perfect record). Retrofret's shipping department can send parcels via UPS, Fedex, USPS, BAX, DHL and DSV Air and Yusen Air Cargo. We ship instruments and other items on a 48 hour approval basis once we received payment in full. Shipping charges and taxes are not included in the prices listed. Mail order shipments within New York are subject to sales tax of 8.875%. Shipments out of state are not subject to NY city and state tax, although the buyer assumes all other tax requirements of their municipality. Before sending payment, please call to confirm the instrument's availability and the cost of shipment.

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