From 1855 to 1898, the S. S. Stewart company built banjos in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These were widely promoted and very popular instruments. Following the death of the founder in 1898, the firm failed but the rights to the name were purchased around 1914, and S. S. Stewart instruments – guitars, banjos, mandolins – were made by Chicago Musical Instrument Co., which also made brands such as Kay, Harmony, and Silvertone.

Shown here is a lovely SS Stewart Special Thoroughbred Banjo, built in 1900 and in completely playable condition. This open-back style banjo features the original tailpiece, and a period dowel stick adjuster.

The 5-string neck is cherry with an ebony fingerboard, a nicely carved heel and mother of pearl headstock inlays, and the tone ring is nickel plated on a birds-eye maple pot.

The original canvas case and a newer hardshell case are included.

This is a consignment piece. The price listed here is in US Dollars; for the Canadian dollar price please click the 'More Details' link below.

The Twelfth Fret

The Twelfth Fret

S. S. Stewart
Original Soft
The Twelfth Fret
The Twelfth Fret
(416) 423-2132
Toronto, Ontario
3:30 AM
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