Vintage 1920’s Oscar Schmidt Banjo Mandolin

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Seller: garagebander (587) 100%, Location: Wichita, Kansas, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 293504162053 This was listed last month but the buyer wasn’t happy with it so I refunded him and took it back. By the time it arrived back the fretboard had detached from the neck from two trips across the US. We went ahead and addressed the buyer’s original fret issues while the fretboard was off. (Shrinkage of the fretboard over the years had left some exposed fret ends so we smoothed those out and re-glued the fret board and nut. Action is set about 1/4” at the octave with plenty of nut and bridge space to lower it further if that’s your preference. It could still use some finish dressing/ polishing but shouldn’t draw blood now. The instrument is unmarked but looks to be a mid-level Oscar Schmidt based on comparative photos of similar instruments. It features an oak pot with a chromed brass rim, 1/4” tone ring and a channeled hoop. All of the hardware looks to be original as do the Waverly tuners. There’s a bit of inlay but nothing fancy. The 10” head is new. The dowel is drilled for a resonator but I did not find this banjo with one attached. It’s 23 1/2” from the top of the headstock to the end of the tailpiece. The 17-fret fret board is 8 5/8”. The pot measures 9 7/8”. The neck is maple with walnut inlay stripes and heel cap. It’s loud as you might expect, plays ok but these little guys are pretty fussy so you’ll probably want to set it up to taste. (The bridge is an adapted 1/2” tenor banjo bridge.) You can also string these up as double-course soprano ukes or experiment with different tunings. They’re fun to play with, affordable for a 100 year-old stringed instrument, easy to maintain and don’t take up much room.

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