Gretsch New Yorker Banjo 50's

Posted by Lia Nicine McCoo on Sun, 06/29/03 - 11:45:26.
In Reply to The Gretsch Pages

When I was 15, (1972), my friend from Evanston Illinois pulled out an ancient banjo and showed it to me. I asked if he would learn to play it and, in that electric light age, he answered "a BANJO???? No WAY!"
He bet me that I couldn't learn to play foggy mountain breakdown in one month and the stake was the banjo.

So, here I am so many years later, wondering what MY banjo, here, is worth and the history of it.

Head to tail it's about 30 inches long and weighs a ton. About 22 frets, and 10 Mother of Pearl eyes. A five string banjo, black box and neck and steel? front with white plastic? pegs.

I think I'm looking for a vague appraisal before I fix it up to keep it and play it (I am in a civil war music group), or if it is valuable, I will sell it to a collecter who specifically wants THAT kind of banjo. I just need a banjo that plays, and this one sounds great, not set-up. Its missing four pearl eyes.

Let me know! Thanks.

Lia Nicine McCoo

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