4/04/2012

c.1926 Weymann Style 135 Tenor Banjo


Here's a pretty clean Weymann (made in Philadelphia, PA) tenor and the serial dates it to 1926. This one needed a new head, fret level/dress, cleaning, bridge, and a setup. This model is one of their simpler banjos but is built to the same quality standards as any other Weymann product. I think of Weymanns sort of as the "Martin" of banjos -- durable, with a good balanced and even tone, and built incredibly well with refined design concepts.


This model has no tonering and the head instead rests on the outer lip of a multi-ply, sturdy hard maple rim.


Rosewood headstock veneer, bone nut.


Rosewood fretboard with "micro-dot" markers.


New bridge and adjustable tailpiece. The head is a new Remo Renaissance.



This has a "pop on" resonator that's set by friction with the rim. Note the nice rosewood binding on either edge of the resonator's sidewall.

Also, most of the hardware is original though two hook/nuts are older replacements and I had to replace the end-bolt that holds the tailpiece hook because the original was broken in its socket.




The finish is in great shape. There's a little wear here and there and on the back of the neck but otherwise it looks only a few years old.



Original ivoroid-buttoned friction pegs.


Nice flamed-maple resonator back.



Good super-heavy-duty neck brace and heel stabilizer bar.





Resonator -- note one missing "wall" at the heel join area. Not an issue.


Adjustable tailpiece.


Here you can see how I drilled a new hole slightly higher up for the new (parts bin, old) end bolt. The screw portion of the original end bolt is broken off inside the dowel. Someone must have tried to overtighten the original bolt. Sigh!


This has its original hard case (fitted well), too!


With the resonator on or off, it's a looker!

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