A.C. Fairbanks “Whyte Laydie No. 2” 5-string cello banjo Circa 1903, S/N 22924

This is an original thin-rim Fairbanks Whyte Laydie made before the 1904 fire that forced the sale of the company to Vega.  This is one of the largest Whyte Laydie banjos from this period that I have seen, with a  12-3/8" diameter head and a 29-1/2" scale length. The engraved inlays are also very unusual.

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