Circa 1893
Fairbanks #3 Electric

© Frank Ford, 2002; Photos by FF

A mighty rare early Fairbanks "ladies" model banjo, this one features the "electric" tone ring construction, some really elegant engraved inlay work, and an oak neck. Oh, yes, let me remind you that in those days "electric" was a word not unlike "atomic" in the 1950s, or "turbo" in recent decades. The electric tone ring is that scalloped affair you can see under the head in the bottom left photo. Later it was used on the famous "Whyte Laydie" series of Faribanks banjos.

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