Fairbanks & Cole guitar-banjo, S/N 1318, Circa 1881

This may be the only Fairbanks & Cole guitar-banjo extant, and it was probably a custom order from early in the F&C partnership.  Note the marquetry and pearl inlay around the bottom edge of the rim and the tasteful inlay on the fingerboard.  The banjo also has a typical early F&C boat heel.

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