It's all original, apart from the addition of geared tuners and modern frets. No mistaking that peghead shape, the "chubby dragon" peghead inlay, or the "swollen" heel section - telltale signs of Fairbanks design and workmanship. Presumably, Bacon had instruments made first by Fairbanks and later by Lange before he was able to get his own manufacturing facility up and running. The "internal resonator" shell and its lightweight spun brass tone ring gives this banjo a characteristic sweet ring, although it lacks some of the punch of other period heavyweights such as the Whyte Laydie. I don't recall seeing the sunflower motif heel carving on another instrument.
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