One of the neatest little tenor banjos we've seen in quite a while, and although it's an openback tenor with a relatively short string scale, it has a full 19 fret fingerboard. Some Orpheum #3 models with a bound headstock say "Special" on the headstock as well, this one does not but was shown as a "Special" in the Orpheum catalog of the period, and the mother-of-pearl fingerboard with abalone inlays is certainly an upgrade from the standard wood fingerboard. Original finish, newer tailpiece, armrest is old but probably not original to this banjo. Believe it or not, mixing gold-plated tuners with nickel-plated metal parts on the shell was not all that unusual and so the tuners may or may not be original but are certainly old, with ivoroid buttons. Nice colorful veneers in the neck and a great pearl inlay design on the headstock framed by the heavy cellulod binding. Finding a case for this size tenor banjo wasn't easy, fortunately we had a very sturdy Ameritage case for some kind of unusual mandola-type instrument that fits quite well and offers nearly bullet-proof protection.

stock no. 54221

ModelNo. 3 Special Tenor
Frets to body19
Nut width1 1/8"
Scale length21 3/4"
Fretboard MaterialMother-of-Pearl
Neck materialMahogany
Tone ringOrpheum Archtop
Neck profilevery rounded V
Total frets19
Serial No80115
Diameter10 3/4"