1927 Bacon & Day Montana Silver Bell No. 1 Tenor Banjo
Bacon & Day
This is a Bacon and Day Montana Silver Bell No.1 tenor banjo from 1927. The neck is maple with an ivoroid board, and the rim is maple with an ivoroid veneer, giving this banjo a beautiful blonde look. The inlays, or rather etchings, on the fingerboard look great, but are beginning to lose some of their color. The flange, hoop, and ring have all been polished by our tech and look nice and shiny. The tiny frets have some wear in them, and divots are beginning to form, but they banjo still plays well and there is no nasty buzz. The V-shaped neck has a nice worn feel to it, and the banjo retains all of its original parts, save for perhaps the head. This instrument is in very good condition and ships in a hardshell case.
A Brief History from our Tech Writer
Bacon and Day banjos were made by the Fred Bacon Banjo Company in the 1920s. The Banjos were a joint venture by Fred Bacon, a well known picker at the time, and David Day, a designer who had worked for Vega Banjos, among others. The duo had struck gold during the banjo craze, and many were of the mind that there was no better tenor banjo than a B&D. With a line up of several styles and qualities, there was something for everyone in the B&D catalog. The Silver Bell was introduced in 1923, but by the end of the ‘20s, the company’s factory had been destroyed by a hurricane and there was not enough capital or interest to rebuild it. The Bacon Banjo Company was later bought by Gretsch.
Weight: 8 lbs. 14 oz.
Nut Width: 1 1/16”
7.5 (very good condition) 1927 Made in the USA
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