SS Stewart ‘Monogram’ 5-String Banjo c. 1905


This charming SS Stewart ‘Monogram’ open-back 5 string banjo with 11” body, made in Pennsylvania USA c.1905, would suit someone looking for a vintage banjo to further restore and play.  A “Grade 2” model made without the wooden ‘resonator’ back to the body, the polished brass tone ring is an attractive feature. The 24 tensioners are original but have a variety of original and ndwer tensioning nuts.  The cherry wood neck and ebony fretboard are both in very good original condition along with the 22 bar frets. The back of the headstock features the S&B – Monogram stamp, introduced when a Mr Bauer joined the company following the death of Sam Stewart in 1898.  The 5 functional tuners are newer replacements, as is the tailpiece.  Currently fitted with a much-played but strong Waverly Fibyrskyn.  Unlike its bigger cousins, this banjo is very lightweight at 1.85kg (4.1lbs).  It is playable but the action is currently high, 5mm at the 12th fret. The original wooden case is a rare and functional addition to this historic instrument, from one of America’s historic banjo makers.

SKU: 6458 Categories: ,

Brand: SS Stewart

Model: S&B Monogram Grade 2

Serial Number: 56892

Year: Circa 1905

Body size: 11″ (27.9cm)

Neck: Cherry Wood

Fretboard: Ebony

Scale length: 27″ (69 cm)

Weight: 1.81 kg (4.1 lbs)

Case: Original Wooden case of the era.

Comments: A historic, charismatic banjo with original wooden case, seeking new home and set-up for its next century.