Dating fairbanks banjos
While the terms "clawhammer" and "frailing" can be used interchangeably, other old-time players draw a distinction between the two.
They also made the various shoes and hooks, from the Cobra hooks used on early Fairbanks to the modern flat and round hooks.and put David L Day (subsequently to be associated with the Bacon Banjo Co.) in charge of product ion at the firms new premises at 786 Washington Street.In 1895 the firm patented a tubular tone ting for the banjo which they called the “tu-ba-phone” and on1st September 1909 this was incorporated in an instrument they called the “tu-ba-phone banjo” although by this time they were under the control of the Vega Company.(Aug-Sep 1922) - Vega Company also filed all trademarks of "VEGA" / "TU-BA-PHONE" / "WHYTE LAYDIE" - [ US Trademarks 164,845 / 161,709 / 161,708 respectively filed in Apr 1922 and Registered Nov 07 1922 ] Registrations Numbers: 161328 / 161329 / 161330 (hangoutstorage.com/banjohangou...12015.jpg) The first use claims are a little generous I think, but do support other known facts re: 1889, 1890, etc...- This time frame provides some possible insight to the advanced notice David L Day provided to Carl Nelson that he was leaving Vega for the Bacon Banjo Co. His exit is thought to have propelled Carl Nelson to Trademark everything.The Cole brothers also left to form their own banjo making company.
The financial control of Fairbanks & Cole was acquired my Messrs Dodge & Cummings who changed the title to AC Fairbanks & Co Inc.
In 1903 this model was redesigned to begin its worldwide fame as the “ Whyte Laydie” banjo.
In 1892 AC Fairbanks, having lost interest in banjo making, gave up control of the firm to exploit his invention of the wooden rim for bicycles, forming the AC Fairbanks Wood Rim Co.
For the buyer, it is critical to know that an instrument being sold as "all original" probably is. He told me that Waverly, for whom he had worked since his pre-teens, had provided most of the metal parts and accessories to the banjo makers.
In his workshop he showed me many patterns, cutters, tools, and dies used in making the nuts for Vega, Gibson, Bacon, Paramount and all the standard nuts we associate with the large makers.
Smakula has quoted 58982 as having a clear "Apr 1923" printed on the instrument) 60306/61899/62930/63139/63434 (all have mixed Vegaphone identification attributes i.e.