When you see a Fender banjo it's easy to think "import" since Fender imports mandolins, Dobros and banjos today but makes none of them in the US. But in the late '60s and '70s Fender made a lot of banjos as Leo had purchased a Southern Calif. banjo company and wasted no time challenging Gibson in the high quality 4-string and 5-string banjo market. The Artist model was second only to the Concertone, which had gold-plated metal parts. Note wear to finish on the back of the resonator (photo 11) but fret wear is only slight and condition overall is excellent.

stock no. 53852

ModelArtist Plectrum
Scale length27 1/8"
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Neck materialWalnut
ResonatorWalnut
Tone ringArchtop
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No01755
Diameter11"