Mandolins For Sale
|17. Rare old British mandolin banjo (533) @ 180 euros|
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Old English mandolin banjo
This is an old, English, mandolin banjo by George Houghton and Sons from the early 20th century. It has a nice WIDE fretboard. It is in fair condition, sadly missing the back resonator, but easily played as an open-backed instrument. The head plate says...
This instrument is now restored as far as is reasonable. The'Clifford Essex' skin is in good condition with 1 slight abrasion. It is sadly missing the original back. It has the original fingerboard in ebony, with relevelled original frets. The tuners, bridge and tail are all originals. It has been restrung with ultra-light GHS bronze wound classical strings, and is now playing well with a strong, full, round sound with good sustain and volume. It has an easy playing action.
Other than cleaning,I have repaired as follows… 1) refinished the neck and head with Tru-oil; 2) levelled the original frets; and 3) restrung and set up.
"George Houghton established his Reliance Works in Heaton Street, Birmingham in 1888 and the range of banjos and zither-banjos he made were branded "Reliance", "Melody JO" and "Melody Major".