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James Ashborn Banjo c.1852

 




Price: $3600

 
Michael Miles talks about his banjo


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



James Ashborn was a pioneer of factory produced banjos in the late 1840's. His factory in Wolcottville, Connecticut produced both fine banjos and guitars. Ed Britt calls the Ashborn banjo "the most sophisticated, modern, and technically-advanced banjo of the early minstrel period." 


In 1852, James Ashborn was the first to patent a banjo part in America . A wooden fine tuning peg also used on his guitars of the period.