A. C. Fairbanks Senator No. 1 5-string banjo, S/N 21028, Circa 1901

Even lower grade Fairbanks banjos were fine instruments, as evidenced by this "Senator" model from just after the turn of the nineteenth century.  Tasteful engraved inlays, a bound fingerboard, and high quality workmanship are the hallmarks of this banjo, which is still a fine playing instrument.

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